Prostitution sting nets four arrests near SE Fourth Street

Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:49 p.m.

A prostitution sting Thursday night by the Gainesville Police Department resulted in the arrests of two Gainesville men on charges of soliciting a prostitute and two Gainesville women on charges of prostitution.

Officers focused on citizen complaints of prostitution in the Southeast Fourth Street corridor, Officer Ben Tobias said.

Eric Manin, 40, drove up to an undercover officer at 12:19 p.m. in the 1200 block of Southeast Fourth Street and offered to pay her $20 for a sex act, police reported. Manin, the CEO of Proforma Premier Branding, a Gainesville marketing agency, was driving a company car when he solicited the officer, police reported. Calls placed to Proforma had not been returned by late Friday.

Greg Baldwin, 30, was riding a bicycle when at 3:50 p.m. he contacted an undercover officer at the same location, police said. He offered the officer $10 for a sex act, the report said.

Both Nicole Rom, 26, and Janie Harris, 37, were arrested near Southeast Seventh Street. Police also reported finding a push rod in Rom’s bag that tested positive for cocaine. She told police she used the rod earlier on her pipe, the report said.

Manin and Harris were released from the Alachua County jail Friday, but Baldwin remained jailed late Friday. Rom was charged additionally with possessing drug equipment and remained jailed Friday in lieu of $1,000 bond.

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top