Winthrop police working with members of the United States Secret Service office in a patrol/detectives operation arrested a Winthrop woman Monday afternoon on charges of sexual conduct for a fee, following a dayâ€™s long operation utilizing Officer Tim Callinan under the supervision of Detective Lieutenant Brian Perrin and Secret Service agents.
According to police reports, Winthrop resident Stephanie Alfaro, 31, of 281 River Road Apartment 1, was arrested and charged after Officer Callinan, who was working undercover at the time, paid Alfaro a sum of $200 for a sex act in the suspectsâ€™ bedroom.
Callinan alleged in his report that Alfaro had advertised her â€œservicesâ€ on the website Craigslist and that after making initial contact with her through the use of a â€œpay as you goâ€ cell phone, he arranged a â€œdateâ€ with Alfaro and agreed to pay her the $200 that sheâ€™d requested.
The investigation and subsequent arrest came just days after a collection of state attorneyâ€™s general from around the country called on the popular website clearing house to do more to shut down to monitor its â€˜adult servicesâ€™ advertisements and help put a stop to internet prostitution.
â€œThis arrest was the culmination of a lot of hard work put in on a joint investigation by the Winthrop Patrol and Detectives divisions, with assistance from the Secret Service, to stop this kind of illicit activity in our town,â€ said Winthrop Police Chief Terrence Delehanty. â€œOfficer Callinan and Detective Lieutenant Brian Perrin, who supervised the investigation worked very hard on the case and were able to successfully bring it to a conclusion.â€