June 3, 2013
- Nassau County, New York, District Attorney Kathleen Rice has announced 104 arrests after a sting operation in April and May
- Suspects were arrested when they handed over cash for sex at hotel room after linking up with an undercover cop posing as a prostitute on backpage.com
- Divorce lawyer said he has already seen four women whose husbands were arrested for patronizing prostitutes
- Men range in age from 17 to 79 and average age 40
The district attorney in upscale Nassau County, New York, has unleashed civil strife by posting the names and pictures of 104 men arrested in a prostitution sting over the last six weeks.
‘Operation Flush the Johns’ on Long Island nabbed young men and old men, lawyers, doctors, engineers, teachers, college professors and students.
All of them set up dates to meet with prostitutes at local a hotel using the classified ads site backpage.com.
District Attorney Kathleen Rice said police started a sting operation in April after receiving numerous complaints about prostitution at hotels across the county.
It’s unknown how many of the men arrested were married and whether any of their spouses had to wait until the public release of information today to learn of their infidelity.
Nassau divorce lawyer Bryan L. Salamone says he has had four women come to him seeking divorces because their husbands were charged with soliciting prostitutes.
About 20percent of marriages where a wife finds out her husband has been cheating – with a hooker or otherwise – will end in divorce. Such divorces are usually bitter.
‘There’s much more feelings involved. The cases are often high-conflict cases involving a spouse that will now question the husband’s decision-making abilities and wish to limit his access to young children. She may not trust the husband so the spouse will want to freeze assetts and get up-front payment if the husband’s finances may be going to other woman,’ Salamone told MailOnline.
The other 80percent of men will eventually be forgiven by their wives – often after marriage counseling and significant amounts of contrition.
‘But, basically, four out of five guys get away with it,’ Salamone says.
All walks of life: The arrested men ranged in age from 17 to 79. Several races and nationalities and religious backgrounds were also represented in the arrests of the alleged johns
The arrested men range in age from 17 to 79. The average age is 40. Most, 79, came from Nassau County and 25 traveled from out of town.
Most are professionals. Several lawyers were arrested. The suspects also include two doctors, two dentists, two engineers, two college professors, two college students, a teacher, a stockbroker and a car salesman.
Salamone says in his experience, busy professionals who aren’t getting enough attention from their wives are more likely to look for extra-marital sex from prostitutes than from a mistress.
‘These are people who don’t have the time to go out to court a woman or an affair. They can just hook up very easily and be done,’ Salamone says. ‘They don’t have to do three dinenr dates and two nights out and explain that to their families.’
But, he cautioned, wives often profit handsomely if that affair results in divorce.
‘Equitable distribution of assets does not mean equal distribution. The wife doesn’t split everything 5/50, especially if she can prove special circumstances such as a humiliating arrest around the time of a bar mitzvah or graduation,’ he said.
Each man arrived at the hotel after agreeing to meet online with an undercover officer posing as a hooker in the escorts section of backpage.com.
When the would-be john handed over cash in exchange for sex, officers swooped in and promptly arrested the offender.
Each interaction was recorded by hidden cameras and microphones planted in the hotel room.
Rice said she released the composite ‘wall of shame’ because she wanted to put the men who buy prostitutes in Nassau county on notice.
‘Not only do people have a right to know who their prosecutors and police are arresting and charging with crimes, but we know that the commission of this specific crime is dramatically affected by the perceived risk of getting caught,’ she said.
‘We are giving fair warning to johns that the risk is growing rapidly.’
But one Nassau County criminal defense lawyer who is representing men arrested in the sting is crying foul.
Elliot S. Schlissel told MailOnline that Rice’ decided to publicly shame the men who are still legally innocent.
‘These people could lose their jobs or marriages or have other problems and never be convicted of anything,’ he said.
NAMED AND SHAMED: THE IDENTITIES OF THE 104 MEN BUSTED IN ‘OPERATION FLUSH THE JOHNS’
Nassau County District Attorney said that by publicly naming and picturing each of the men arrested, she hopes to made potential johns understand the the risk of being caught and publicly shamed is growing rapidly. Here are the 104 suspects, each charged with misdemeanor patronizing a prostitute:
Michael J. Milia, 34, of Garden City, New York * Ruben M. Gomez, 45, of Wesbury, New York * Robert Kittelberger, 46, of Wantagh, New York * Judd Lesser, 50, of Lawrence, New York * Jaspreet Singh, 20, of Bellerose, New York * Louis Dimaria, 38, of Manhasset, New York * Christian Flizzola, 23, of Mineola, New York * Mario Lucio, 47, of Mineola, New York * Arnold J. Sean, 19, of Uniondale, New York * Jeremy J. Moore, 38, of Freeport, New York * Leon Reginald Tarver III, 35, of Uniondale, New York * Mark R. Hader, 53, of Glen Head, New York * John J. Leon, 53, of New Hyde Park, New York * Gary H. Friedenberg, 72, of Melville, New York * David M. Knott Jr., 28, of Mill Neck, New York * Harjot Singh, 28, of Hicksville, New York * Ronald H. Haeseker, 51, of North Merrick, New York * Herbert J. McCooey, 31, of Garden City South, New York * Jonathon S. Vega, 29, of Long Beach, New York * David Bennett, 28, of Merrick, New York * Hildago Canales, 23, of Westbury, New York * William Smith, 36, of Wantagh, New York * Scott W. Manning, 44, of Oceanside, New York * Adrian Lamar Irving, 36, of Uplend, Pennsylvania * Craig Leiber, 39, of West Hepstead, New York * Michael J. Felici, 42, of Wantagh, New York * Val A. Catrini, 42, of Rockville Centre, New York * Avi Polischuk, 35, of Massapequa, New York * Scott Frankel, 47, of Oceanside, New York * David Newman, 27, of Flushing, Queens, New York * Jason Dacova, 26, of Westbury, New York * Zaul A. Buruca, 22, of Hicksville, New York * Hassen T. Butt, 36, of East Meadow, New York * Khemraj Gangaparsad, 27, of Lynbrook, New York * Craig T. Pio, 47, of Oceanside, New York * Tamir Dardashtian, 39, of Great Neck, New York * Vadim Crunchinin, 39, of Queens Village, New York * Michael E. Charles, 29, of Westbury, New York * John Cammisuli, 44, of Flushing, Queens, New York * Walter A. Delaney, 54, of Garden City, New York * Jared B. Scholl, of Stanfordville, New York * Rajiv Ravi, 31, of Queens Village, New York * Pedro M Caetano, 28, of Mineola, New York * Richard Cioffi, 55, of Hicksville, New York * Eric R. Caglayan, 31, of Baldwin, New York * Abraham Emanuel, 31, of Uniondale, New York * Shravan Kothary, 43, of Merrick, New York * Justin Cocchi, 39, of Massapequa, New York * John Graff, 44, of Tabernacle, New Jersey * Kelvin Flores, 51, of Baldwin, New York * Frank Caliendo, 46, of Carle Place, New York * Karthikeyan Visvanathan, 39, of East Meadow, New York * Ryan Diaz, 17, of Jericho, New York * William Cruz, 40, of Uniondale, New York * Ricky Somekh, 59, of Great Neck, New York * David Hershkowitz, 57, of Merrick, New York * Xavier Smit-Hubbard, 25, of Wyndanch, New York * Jarrow Ruando, 32, of Hempstead, New York * Tim Murphy, 44, of Merrick, New York * Paul Bruckner, 21, of Alpharetta, Georgia * Jonathon Peterkin, 39, of Medford, New York * Guiseppe Colletti, 52, of Douglaston, New York, Izhak Surizon, 55, Brookeville, New York * Marvin Baptiste, 31, of Brooklyn, New York * Russell Johnson, 52, Freeport, New York * Geoffroy Roget, 28, of Hollis, New York * Kehhow Min, 42, of Garden City, New York * Ivan Dochter, 79, of North Hills, New York * Steven Lara, 35, of Levittown, New York * Vincent Viceconte 40, of South Hempstead, New York * Peter Mondella, 22, of Levittown, New York, Paul Lee, 23, of Plainview, New York * Shahid Khan, 30, of East Meadow, New York * Oscar Remedios, 48, of Wellesley, Massachusetts * Robert D. Finarick, 54, o Seaford, New York * Nicholas J. Sisti, 50, of Mineaola, New York * Brad Renegoben, 51, of Wantagh, New York * Jonathan Wade, 53, of Hempstead, New York, * Salvatore J. Rizza, 54, of Cedarhurst, New York * Walter D. Haluchia, 45, of Westbury, New York * Peter F. Malet, 62, of Garden City, New York * Kenneth Finkelstein, 49, of Island Park, New York * Michael A. Adler, 54, of West Hempstead, New York * Gerardo Orozco, 43, of Mineola, New York * Rosario Gambino, 53, of Bethpage, New York * Douglas R. Sherman, 48, of Roslyn, New York * Andre White, 46, of Rosedale, New York * Richard Obedian, 45, of Muttontown, New York * Jian Hua Xu, 32, of Flushing, Queens, New York * Lloyd Vernon, 38, of Copiague, New York * Mark Depperman, 45, of Levittown, New York * Edward Henry, 63, of Franklin Square, New York * William Cantwell, 54, of Levittown, New York, Sheikh Iqbal, 33, of Floral Park, New York * Arnick Singh, 46, of Glen Head, New York * Jeremy Leroux, 38, of New Hyde Park, New York * Franck Fonrose, 26, of Westbury, New York * Richard Capace, 52, of East Meadow, New York * Anijah Ajah, 22, of Manhasset Hills, New York * Reginald Piere-Paul, 40, of Rosedale, New York * William Caputo, 57, of West Islip, New York * Thomas Fricker, 46, of Port Jefferson, New York * Alexander Ishmael, 22, of Franklin Square, New York * Eddie Digsby, 52, of Uniondale, New York -DailyMail