Prostitution Sting Nets Four

RIDGEWAY – Four men were arrested last month in a prostitution sting operation conducted at a Ridgeway motel by the Sheriff’s Offices of Fairfield, Chester and Union counties.

According to incident reports from the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, investigators used the Backpage website to lure subjects into agreeing to pay money for sex with what subjects thought was a prostitute, but that was in fact an undercover police officer.

The subjects agreed to meet with the officer posing as prostitute at the motel on Highway 34. Once the undercover agent closed the motel room door, the reports state, a “takedown team” of officers moved in and arrested the subjects.

The sting took place on Oct. 27, between 4:35 and 9:20 p.m.

Arrested were: Gene Allen Schreffler, 39, of Holland Road, Cassett; Jared Jarrel Welch, 24, of Abbyhill Drive, Columbia; Michael R. Marso, 33, of Sycamore Tree, Lexington; and Timothy Lamont Brown Sr., 39, of Robinson Ave., Winnsboro.

All four were charged with soliciting prostitution.