Five men arrested during prostitution sting
HEMET – Officers arrested five men during an undercover sting targeting johns conducted at a Hemet motel, a police lieutenant said Saturday, Jan. 27.
The operation occurred Friday evening in the 3800 block of West Florida Avenue, according to Hemet Police Lt. Eric Dickson.
The men negotiated sexual acts for money with undercover officers and were then arrested upon arriving at a motel staged as the rendezvous location, Dickson said.
The men were arrested on suspicion of either loitering with the intent to commit prostitution or solicitation of prostitution.
The suspects are Joshua Kobelski, 40, of Moreno Valley; San Jacinto residents Lawrence Scialoia, 65, and Cyle Fernandez, 20; Matthew Taylor, 36, of Canyon Lake; and Cristian Maldonado, 22, Lake Elsinore.
“The City of Hemet Police Department anticipates conducting operations similar to this on a regular basis as our staffing levels continue to grow,” Dickson said.