Five men were arrested in a “reverse prostitution sting” in Riverside on Friday, September 6.
According to Southampton Town Police, an undercover officer posed as a prostitute and was solicited for sex—four of them men agreed to pay her $20 and the fifth offered her crack cocaine and heroin in return.
Charged with patronizing a prostitute in the third degree, a misdemeanor, were Edalberto Velasquez, 24, of Riverside, Jose Luis Rodriguez-Perez, 41, of Hampton Bays, Charles J. Hightower, 55, of Riverside, Eduardo Xuya-Tocay, 27, of Riverside and Miguel A. Hernandez, 32, of Southampton.
Mr. Hightower was additionally charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, also a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor.
Police said Mr. Hightower was on parole with a bench warrant for his arrest stemming from a charge of disorderly conduct in Bridgehampton.
Mr. Xuya-Toca and Mr. Hernandez were additionally charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a violation.
All five men were arraigned and released after posting bail.
According to police, the sting arose from community complaints about streetside prostitution in the Riverside area.