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3 of 9 men arrested in 2014 prostitution sting charged with felonies

PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Attorney's Office is prosecuting three of the nine men arrested in a multi-agency prostitution sting in November 2014, said Penny Cramer, assistant to the County Attorney.

In addition, four were charged by the city with misdemeanors and two cases are still under review.

The nine arrests were announced in a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office news release on Nov. 21. They were arrested in a multi-agency roundup of suspects the YCSO said "initiated contact in response to a notice from an Internet publication," and went to a motel room to meet "prostitutes" who were actually undercover officers.

The County Attorney is going ahead with the following felony prosecutions:

• Benjamin Tullos, 22, has been charged with two counts of child prostitution;

• Samuel Cojo, 26, faces one count of child prostitution and one count of prostitution; and,

• Buren "Jarrett" Burgess, 41, has been charged with two counts of child prostitution.

The County Attorney declined to pursue felony charges on Timothy Callahan, 44. He was charged with prostitution, a class one misdemeanor, Cramer said.

Cramer said Craig Scoonover, 45, Patrick Fisher, 55, and David Lorch, 50, were cited on misdemeanor charges and "were given straight to city court."

She said the office also declined felony charges against Noel Astorga, 30. Prescott City Attorney Jon Paladini said his office had yet to decide what charges, if any, it would file against Astorga.

The case against Keaton Durkee, 34, is still under review by the County Attorney's office, Cramer added.

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