Neighbors credited with help in Waterford prostitution bust
When local residents told Waterford police they had suspicions of prostitution in their neighborhood, they had a lot more than hunches to go on.
One resident had noticed a house getting regular visits by different men, with each visit lasting 20 or 30 minutes. “One of the dead giveaways,” as Public Safety Commissioner John Tanchak put it, was when a tractor-trailer driver pulled up to a residence and began taking his pants off as a woman led him back to the back of the truck.
Prostitution was prevalent, even expected, when Tanchak worked on the city of Albany police force. But this week was the first prostitution arrest he has seen in his eight years with Waterford police, a department that oversees the small riverside town in the southeast corner of Saratoga County.
Working with neighbors, Dilbone discovered a website — www.backpage.com — where ads were being placed for local female escorts. The state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team joined the investigation, answering a local ad on the website that said “Stephie $120 for a half-hour and $220 for an hour.”
Investigators arranged to meet “Stephie” at 22 Clifton St. and once there agreed to engage in sexual conduct for $100, police said. Once this agreement was reached, police moved in to make their arrests.
Kevin Gervasio, 28, of 41 Clifton St. in Waterford, was charged with felony promoting prostitution. Sandi Stott, 22, who listed an Albany hotel as her address, was charged with prostitution.
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