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Seven people from the New River Valley, Roanoke and Lynchburg were arrested in July.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
CHRISTIANSBURG — Three of the seven individuals arrested in July in prostitution-related offenses have an opportunity for their charges to be dismissed.
After a multi-jurisdictional operation on July 11 that targeted prostitution in and around Montgomery County, seven people from Roanoke, the New River Valley and Lynchburg were charged.
Misty D. Blankenship, 36, of Pulaski; Tiffany N. Lafferty, 30, of Roanoke; Stapheno O. Greene, 38, of Lynchburg; Tammy L. Janney, 30, of Roanoke; and Rukhsana B. Faizi, 25, of Roanoke were charged with prostitution. Greene’s first name is also spelled Staphono on online court records.
Curtis Blankenship, 44, of Pulaski and Kevin W. Yopp, 30, of Roanoke were charged with aiding prostitution.
On Tuesday, Janney and Yopp appeared in Montgomery County General District Court and their cases were taken under advisement. If both keep the peace and exhibit good behavior for a year, their charges will be dismissed. Yopp was placed on 12 months of supervised probation.
Curtis Blankenship appeared in court in September, and his case was also placed under advisement for a year.
Misty Blankenship, Lafferty, Greene and Faizi were each previously sentenced to one month in jail.
According to search warrants filed in July in the Montgomery County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, contact was made via text message or telephone calls with subjects who had posted advertisements on www.backpage.com, a free classified website.
The search warrants state that Lafferty, Janney, Misty Blankenship and Faizi arrived at hotel rooms as instructed by undercover officers.
The women made verbal agreements to exchange sex acts for money and were subsequently arrested.
Misty Blankenship’s husband, Curtis Blankenship, transported his wife to a hotel, according to a warrant.
Yopp, who accompanied Janney to a hotel, told police he traveled with Janney for her protection but said Janney was working for a woman named “Sky,” according to one of the warrants.
Yopp denied arranging any prostitution appointments using his phone but refused to answer when asked if he had arranged any escorts’ appointments in general, the warrant stated.
Greene was not mentioned in the warrants.
The operation targeting prostitution was part of “a larger and broader response to the drug problem within the county,” sheriff’s office Capt. Robert New has said.
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