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7 arrested in Hamilton prostitution bust

Martin Garcia Bernardino and Carol Cope (Source: Hamilton Police) Martin Garcia Bernardino and Carol Cope (Source: Hamilton Police)
Thomas Taylor and Tony Smallwood (Source: Hamilton Police) Thomas Taylor and Tony Smallwood (Source: Hamilton Police)
Karen Woods and Tanya Wilson (Source: Hamilton Police) Karen Woods and Tanya Wilson (Source: Hamilton Police)
Rebecca Zornes (Source: Hamilton Police) Rebecca Zornes (Source: Hamilton Police)

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HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Seven suspects were arrested after an undercover prostitution sting in Hamilton.

The sting was the effort of the Hamilton Police Department's Vice, Problem-Oriented Policing and Community-Oriented Policing Sections.

Arrested were Karen Woods, 43, of Hamilton, charged with Loitering to Engage in Prostitution; Carol Cope, 51, of Hamilton, charged with Soliciting; Tayna Wilson, 50, of Hamilton, charged with soliciting; Rebecca Zornes, 50, of Hamilton, charged with Loitering to Engage in Prostitution; Martin Garcia Bernardino, 23, of Hamilton, charged with Soliciting; Thomas Taylor, 58, of Hamilton, charged with Soliciting and Disorderly Conduct; and Tony Smallwood, 50, of  Hamilton, charged with two outstanding warrants issued from Hamilton Munincipal Court.

The Hamilton Police Department's Vice, Problem-Oriented Policing, and Community-Oriented Policing Sections conducted an undercover prostitution sting on July 1, 2009.  As a result of the operation, seven suspects were arrested. Below are the individuals arrested and charged with the following offenses:

"We will continue to conduct these undercover operations throughout the City of Hamilton. We constantly receive and investigate all complaints from our citizens on various types of illegal activities in their neighborhoods. The focus of this sting was in the Fourth Ward," said Hamilton Police Chief Neil Ferdelman.

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