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Five Sarasota Women Charged with Prostitution

Sarasota Police have made 81 prostitution arrests so far in 2011.

In response to community concerns, the Sarasota Police Department said is has conducted a series of undercover investigations that resulted in the arrest of five women on charges of prostitution. Three of the arrests were classified as felonies based on three or more previous arrests for prostitution, according to a SPD news release.

The Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit conducted the investigations with support and assistance from Vice Narcotics detectives, and Uniform patrol officers on Sept. 22.

Arrested Individuals included:

  • Sarah Willette, 32, a transient, prostitution, arrested N. Tamiami trail and 42nd Street. Felony arrest for three or more previous prostitution arrests. 
  • Kriste Arsenault, 20, a transient, prostitution, arrested N. Tamiami Trail and 47th Street.
  • Jessica Smith, 31, 2455 N. Tamiami Trail, prostitution, arrested on N. Tamiami Trail and 23rd Street. Felony arrest for three or more previous prostitution arrests. 
  • Ashley Kennedy, 21, 2900 block of Lalani Lane, prostitution N. East Avenue and 7th Street.
  • Dianne Sala, AKA Dianne Woods, 48, 1200 block of 14th Street, Prostitution, arrested in the 2200 block of N. Tamiami Trail.

To demonstrate the connection between prostitution and other crimes, all of these individuals had previous arrests for other crimes, according to police. The previous arrests included arrest for robbery, thefts, multiple narcotics violations and prostitution.

Sarasota police have made 81 prostitution arrests so far in 2011.

Lois A Levin September 27, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Why not use the substantial funds required for these "stings" for secure well run drug rehabilitation programs. These women are surely seriously substance addicted and cannot earn enough legitimately to pay for the drugs they desperately crave. Prostitution is a victimless crime. If you don't mandate treatment, and you stop the prostitution, they will engage in more theft.
RJ September 27, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Ha, who in their right mind would engage with thoes women. let alone pay for it. I feel sorry for for some people. To want something that bad. What a great way to spread viruses.
jack September 28, 2011 at 07:17 PM
YES......JUST by looking at these women it is clear they are addicted to drugs....most likly crack or crystal meth.......instead of locking up and basicly put into storage...at the tax payers expence....they should be offered help with a drug program...they can get help....maybe get help with their education...and or a trade.......ALWAYS REMEMBER.....they might go to a lock up now.....but someday they will get out......maybe this time they might committ a more violent crime.........plus its a shame to throw away a life because of drugs...who knows what these people were going through.
nancy September 28, 2011 at 11:29 PM
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh stop! You bleeding hearts. You must be kidding! There are several drug programs available that they could gladly take advantage of if they were so disposed. Further, they can always go over to the health dept. to get health care. Have you ever seen our Health Dept on Ringling? It's lovely. Mediterranean architecture, modern, light & airy. Great services too! All you need is a street address and you're entitled to participate in dental, medical & prescription. I inquired out of curiosity one day when I had some business to do there. What is the motivation to trade? Trade what Jack? So many felonies? Why haven't they done some significant time for the felony? Why are they back out on the streets. Thank you Sarasota Police for trying to get them off the streets....again. Seems like it hard to incarcerate these felons i.e. the bike robber w/fourteen felonies???
jack September 29, 2011 at 02:44 PM
nancy sounds like she is one of those people who thinks her poop dont stink......how can you talk crap about these people when you know nothing of their lifes. HOPEFULY someday you lose everything and have no way to get money....then we will see how you handle life. you sound like a bitter old lady waiting to leave this earth...smile more often...or will your face crack even more...good luck
anonymous December 02, 2012 at 07:07 AM
I agree with jack. nobody wants to grow up to be a crackwhore. People do not realize the power of addiction and the hold it can have on a person. comments like 'who would pay for that?'upset me becuase not only have these women some still very young and almost still teenagers completly hit rock bottom and have had to sell thier body for drugs on the streets, and yes u do not know what these girls have had to endure or the abuse that theyve suffered becuz of thier addiction. But now thier face and names are also publicly discraced and put to shame. making it difficult if they ever eant to put thier lives bsck together. i personally hate those people that see themselves as the "ubermensch' and feel no empathy for anothers suffering

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