Cape woman charged in prostitution sting
Authorities arrested seven people, including one Cape Coral woman, on charges tied to prostitution in an undercover sting operation Thursday.
After receiving numerous complaints from residents about prostitution activity in and around the area of South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Street Crimes Unit conducted the operation Thursday and took seven people into custody on related charges.
Rebecca Jean Fontes, 39, of 1401 S.E. Third St., was arrested and charged with one count of offer commit or engage in prostitution or assignation. She had been released from the Lee County Jail on $500 as of Friday afternoon.
According to a police report, Fontes was walking south on Grand Avenue at about 5 p.m. when an undercover detective asked her if she wanted a ride. Fontes said yes and got into the unmarked vehicle. She asked the detective to return to a home on Grand Avenue, but he asked if a parking lot was OK.
Fontes agreed and the detective pulled into a parking space in the lot. The detective asked what he could have, and the two discussed prices and sexual acts. The police report states that Fontes agreed to perform oral sex on him without a condom for $35. Deputies then arrived and took her into custody.
Fontes could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.
She has a court date set for Oct. 19, according to jail booking records.
The six others arrested and charged in the sting operation were:
— Barbarita Leonor Araujo, 39, of 2402 Dora St., Fort Myers, with one count of offer commit or engage in prostitution or assignation
— Patricia Kemba Esdelle, 20, of 214 Maria St., Fort Myers, with one count of offer commit or engage in prostitution or assignation
— Dannielle Anne Zinderman, 35, of 3880 Central Ave., Fort Myers, with one count of offer commit or engage in prostitution or assignation
— Valerie Rose Earl, 49, of 1840 Maravilla Lane, Fort Myers, with one count of procure for prostitute offer agree secure for lewd act
— James R. Fyffee, 55, of 1610 Truman Ave., Lehigh Acres, with one count of procure for prostitute solicit another for lewdness assignation
— Lorenzo Cornejo, 63, of 2550 Kennesaw St., Fort Myers, with one count of procure for prostitute solicit another for lewdness assignation