Abandoned gas station on the traffic circle in Riverside, opposite and abandoned diner.

A prostitution sting in the area of the traffic circle in Riverside last night resulted in the arrests of seven men for patronizing a prostitute and two other men on other charges.

The sting was conducted by a Southampton Town Police Community Response Unit using an undercover officer posing as a prostitute, according to a police press release. The enforcement action was in direct response to citizen and business owner complaints of frequent and highly visible prostitution in the area, police said. The area around the Riverside traffic circle was targeted based on the location of community complaints.

The following men were were arrested and charged with patronizing a prostitute in the third degree after they allegedly agreed to engage in sexual conduct in exchange for a fee, a class A misdemeanor:

Earl Baxter, 61, of Southampton
Calvin R. Brown, 34, of Brentwood
Ivan J. Pacheco, 33, of Hampton Bays
Carlos Palacios, 27 of Flanders
Hector Porfirio, 55, of Riverhead
Felton Robinson, 55, of Islip
Steven Jay Stoeckert, 40, of Southold

Stoeckert was also charged with resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor, after fighting with the arresting officers, according to the police report.

Another man was arrested for having an open alcohol container, an unclassified misdemeanor: Michael E. Ross, 52, of Riverhead. A 17-year-old male from Riverhead was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. They were both released on field appearance tickets.

All of the men charged with patronizing a prostitute either posted bail and were ordered to return to Justice Court on April 27 or were held for morning arraignment.
Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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