Man, seeking sex via Craigslist ad, busted on prostitution, drug charges
Published 8:08 am, Sunday, September 12, 2010
A 29-year-old Bridgeport resident, who posted a Craigslist ad for sex, was busted in a sting operation by Westport police detectives Tuesday.
Two female detectives arranged to meet with Casey Curtiss for sex in exchange for six Ecstasy pills, after finding his ad posted on the online classifieds site, police said. Curtiss arrived at an agreed location and brought six pills with him, leading to his arrest, police said.
He appeared Wednesday in Norwalk Superior Court and was ordered held on $1,000 bond.
According to the police report, the ad was seen by Westport Det. Jillian Cabana on Sept. 1. It read: "Rolling tonight, would love a lady friend or friends if you have them and they want to ROLL with all expenses paid!!!! If ur interested email a pic. Will bring you to ectasy and back!!!!"
Curtiss met with Cabana and another female detective about 7:45 Tuesday night on Saugatuck Avenue. The report says that Curtiss showed Cabana the pills and she called for backup.
Curtiss allegedly told the detectives he "just wanted to have a good time," and was looking for a woman with similar interests as him after the relationship ended with the mother of his child.
Craigslist has recently been in the news after 21 state attorneys general, including Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal, put pressure on the classifieds website to remove its adult services section. The AGs have expressed concerns about human trafficking, child pornography and sexual exploitation, according to a Blumenthal statement.
Blumenthal, who is running for the U.S. Senate, has been an outspoken leader of the AGs and Tuesday sent a letter to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster asking for confirmation that the adult services portion of the site has been permanently shut down. Now, the word "censored" appears where the adult services listings have been. Blumenthal also asked the business to actively prevent sex-for-hire ads from being posted on other parts of the website.
"There is the distinct danger and apparent trend that prostitution ads may migrate to other heavily trafficked portions of your site. Already, there are indications that the personals section may become rife with sexually graphic content and illegal activity, including prostitution," Blumenthal wrote in the letter.
Ads, like the one allegedly posted by Curtiss and discovered by the Westport police, are the kind that Blumenthal and fellow AGs want to see removed from Craigslist.
Curtiss was charged with two counts of patronizing a prostitute, possession of a controlled substance and sale of a hallucinogenic/narcotic, police said.