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Reynoldsburg police arrest six in undercover sting

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Reynoldsburg police arrested six women last week in an undercover sting operation at the Days Inn, 2100 Brice Road.

Detective Ryan Kiser said he located "multiple females" using the website Backpages.com to "advertise themselves as working in Reynoldsburg or East Columbus."

He said police set up two rooms fitted with surveillance cameras at the hotel April 18. An undercover detective played the role of a customer and contacted the women through the website.

The women arrived at the hotel between 7:17 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. April 18 and offered to perform a massage or "rub down" at prices that ranged from $100 to $220.

All were charged with misdemeanor counts of not having permits to perform services or operate a business in the city, Kiser said.

"Once a criminal violation occurred, detectives entered the room and placed the females under arrest for violation of the Reynoldsburg City Code," he said.

According to Kiser, the first woman, a 21-year-old Columbus resident, offered to perform a massage for $150. He said when she was arrested, the woman said she didn't know giving a massage was illegal.

"I asked if she is a massage therapist and she said that she isn't," he said.

Columbus police have an outstanding warrant for loitering for the second woman, a 30-year-old Columbus resident. Kiser said she told detectives she is a heroin addict and that "she didn't agree to do anything sexual."

In addition to the misdemeanor charges, the third woman, Rachel McIntyre, 25, Rustic Ledge Drive, Columbus, was arrested on an outstanding Franklin County felony warrant for possession of cocaine, Kiser said. She was transported to the county jail.

The fourth woman, a 26-year-old Reynoldsburg resident, agreed to perform a "rub down" on the undercover detective for $220.

The final two women, ages 26 and 30, are Blacklick residents. Kiser said they advertised their services together on the website and agreed to perform a massage together at the price of $100 each.

Four misdemeanor arrest warrants had been issued for the 30-year-old through Bexley, Columbus and Reynoldsburg, Kiser said. She told officers she is addicted to heroin.

"Once (the woman) was found to have arrest warrants, she began to act as though she was sick and said she took a bunch of pills before she came to the hotel," he said. "Medics were called and arrived. They transported her to a hospital for evaluation."

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