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Prostitution Ring Suspect Arrested

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Albemarle County Police say they've busted a prostitution ring following a month long investigation.

Police are charging Santo Lemus with a felony count of receiving money from prostitution earnings. Lemus is in custody at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail pending a bond hearing.

Detectives have also charged Elizabeth Rondon of Washington, D.C. with a misdemeanor count of prostitution. She is free pending a court hearing in July.

Lemus and Rondon were arrested Thursday night on Commonwealth Drive. Police say they received an anonymous tip from a neighbor about a month ago that someone was operating a prostitution ring on Commonwealth Drive.

People who live along the road say prostitutes frequently roam the street and parking lots at night. "There are some here. I've seen them around. I've heard about them," stated Jeremy Wilthew, who also said he's seen more than 10 women of various ages on the street.

Neighbors say Commonwealth Drive is pretty heavily patrolled by Albemarle County police.

Reported by Liz Nagy
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Albemarle County Police Press Release

On June 25, 2009 Albemarle County Police detectives charged two individuals linked to a prostitution ring operating in the 2200 block of Commonwealth Drive Charlottesville, Va.

After a month long investigation, police detectives have charged Santo Virgilio Lemus with one count of receiving money from earnings of male or female prostitute a felony and Elizabeth Huertas Rondon with one count of prostitution a misdemeanor.  

Lemus is being held in the Albemarle/Charlottesville Joint Security Complex pending a bond hearing. Rondon was released pending a court appearance on July 14, 2009.

Attached is the booking photo of Lemus. There where no booking photo's of Rondon.  

Lieutenant Greg Jenkins
Albemarle County Police
Investigations Division

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