Dartmouth sting operation leads to seven arrests for sexual conduct

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DARTMOUTH — An undercover sting operation by the Dartmouth Police Department, in collaboration with the Massachusetts State Police High Risk Victims Unit, has resulted in the arrest of seven men on charges of sexual conduct for a fee.

The operation took place on Thursday at a local hotel/motel where detectives from the Dartmouth Police Department Investigative Services Division posed as potential clients after posting an online advertisement.

Throughout the day and into the evening, the officers arranged meetings with individuals responding to the ad.

Dartmouth Police Chief Brian P. Levesque emphasized the importance of the operation as part of a broader strategy to address issues at local hotels and motels. “This operation was the direct result of our commitment to combating the ongoing issues that we are experiencing at our local hotels and motels,” Levesque said.

He acknowledged the challenges in fully eradicating the problems associated with the transient nature of these businesses but assured that the department and its state partners are dedicated to taking further action to curb such illegal activities.

The names of the arrested individuals have not been released pending further investigation.

The Dartmouth Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police continue to work together to combat prostitution and commercial sexual exploitation in the region.

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