A New Castle woman has been arrested in Cranberry Township for her alleged involvement in an online prostitution business.
Cranberry police in Butler County arrested Lindsay Brooke Gagliordi, 33, of 134 E. Euclid Ave., as a co-defendant in the case.
Also arrested was Fuyun Most, 43, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of China.
Both Gagliordi and Most are charged with promoting prostitution as a business, and criminal use of a communications facility, which are felony offenses.
They also are charged with prostitution as inmates of a house of prostitution, and possessing instruments of crime, namely cell phones and condoms.
Both were arraigned by District Judge Sue Haggerty and confined to the Butler County Prison. Gagliordi’s bond is set at $100,000 and Most is being held on a $150,000 bond.
According to papers filed in court, the Cranberry police were investigating illegal prostitution activities reported in the township.
One of the officers reported a website — www.backpage.com — was listed under a Pittsburgh escorts section. When he called the number on Tuesday, the officer said, a woman answered and identified herself as “Angel.” She said she was taking appointments and asked if he would like to meet her at the Red Roof Inn on Route 19, according to reports.
The officer said he went to the woman’s room at the motel, she greeted him at the door, invited him into the room and he sat on the bed. He said she excused herself, went into the restroom and returned wearing only underwear.
He said she quoted him prices for different sexual favors and said her regular price was $150. She advised him to put his money on the table and she picked it up and put it into her shorts pocket. As she removed her underwear, she was arrested.
Court documents state the woman admitted to police in an interview that she was engaging in prostitution, but told them she had not posted the online ad. Rather, she was in contact via text messaging with the woman who did, reports said.
Another Cranberry police detective monitoring the online prostitution advertisements said he saw an ad for a person identified at “Jenny,” at www.backpage.com, who also allegedly was based at the Red Roof Inn the same afternoon.
Reports say the woman, later identified as Most, quoted him prices and was also arrested.
Police confiscated two cell phones, a digital tablet and a condom, along with a notepad containing several phone numbers and times.