Crime

Stanislaus County drops prostitution charge against man caught in 'john' sting

The Stanislaus County district attorney’s office has dropped a misdemeanor charge against a man arrested in January during a “john” prostitution sting in Modesto.

Paramdeep Poonian was charged with disorderly conduct: prostitution. Prosecutors dropped the charge in exchanged for Poonian completing a diversion program.

Stanislaus County sheriff’s officials conducted the operation because they said they wanted to clean up South Ninth Street, known throughout the county for prostitution.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, using female deputies dressed as decoys, spent 10 hours at the California Inn and arrested 26 men.

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