November 23, 2014


Police arrest woman soliciting sex for money to get boyfriend out of jail

ELYRIA — Elyria police made another arrest in a series of investigations into Internet prostitution on Tuesday.

Leila Shaneek, 22, from Parma, was charged with two counts of possession of criminal tools and one count of solicitation at the 500 block of Walnut Street around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Elyria police received a tip that Shaneek was soliciting sex for money on the Internet, so an officer called Shaneek and posed as a potential client.

The meeting at the house on Walnut Street was arranged — the officer picked the locale — and as soon as she arrived, she and the officer discussed the cost of various sex acts and the officer handed her money, according to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.

The acceptance of the money was the key to a proving crime, and she immediately was arrested by three Elyria detectives and a sergeant who had been monitoring the exchange.

“She told us she was relatively new to this,” Costantino said, adding that Shaneek told officers she was soliciting sex for money in order to get her boyfriend out of jail.

Police determined that she was working alone after they questioned her.

The two possession of criminal tools charges were for the money Shaneek accepted as well as the phone she used to make calls to the undercover officer.

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  • Mike wowk

    Criminal tools? Are they talking about her.. uh… oh never mind I better not .

  • WTFnext

    Now they both need to be bailed out of jail. LOL.

  • Alan Pugh

    Good thing we have this dangerous person off the streets. I know I feel safer at night.

    • BriKuz

      Funny, we disagree so much on firearms, but agree so much on victim less crime…

      • Alan Pugh

        You’d be surprised. My views on firearms are quite a bit more complex than the content of the posts I made on the Oberlin thread.

        I challenge the theory that more guns means less shooting based purely on mathematical logic, but as Che Guevara said, “Violence is not the monopoly of the exploiters and as such the exploited can use it too and, moreover, ought to use it when the moment arrives.”

        It usually so happens that my posts on the topic come across as anti-gun, but my true feelings are quite the opposite. I’m not a fan of the adrenaline-fueled gun owner culture that seems ready to shoot anyone that provokes them, but at the same time, an unarmed people empowers those who would oppress them.

        • BriKuz

          This is probably NOT the correct forum for this, but I agree. I want to clarify that it is not MY goal, nor my wife’s, to “rock out with my &^$% out” by open carrying. Where I’d been living for the last 16 years, neither is any big deal, so ya carry how you’re comfortable. Now that we’re in Ohio, requiring a “permission slip” to carry discreetly, we HAVE to carry open, regardless of our possible desires, until our full BG comes back, which takes longer due to not being Ohio residents for 5 years.

          I would agree that more guns won’t necessarily lead to LESS shootings, ESPECIALLY in the short term. I DO believe that issues would drop off as criminals get the hint that potential victims may not be interested in being victims. Of course, you still have hot-heads who would use their firearm to prove their “power.”

          Last thing: I agree with you regarding the “tacti-cool” culture… I chuckle a little when I see an AR-15 with lasers, flashlights, bipods, scopes, holo-sights, and a kitchen sink, all on the same rifle. My goal is not to be cool… its to provide for my kids’ protection. Once my CHL comes in, I’ll probably carry discreet at the park most of the time… on the other hand, my wife and I have both gotten a LOT of opportunities to get people talking and thinking about the legality of carrying. I just prefer engaging small groups, not the entire nation with my image splattered on the front page. (I DO like the composition of that photo, I just wish it was someone else in it, at times…)

  • Brandy Lynn

    Lmao nasty nasty people!

  • Zen Grouch

    “The two possession of criminal tools charges were for the money Shaneek
    accepted as well as the phone she used to make calls to the undercover

    Whaa? There isn’t enough ACTUAL crime in Elyria without looking for it on the Internet?

    Talk about chicken s***!

    The cops lure someone across county lines to commit a “crime,” then they have to lay on other petty charges to make it look like they actually arrested a big bad criminal?!