A James City County woman has been charged with prostitution after investigators received a tip she was advertising prostitution services online.
Agents from the Tri-Rivers Drug Task Force and investigators from the James City County Police Department conducted the investigation, which began May 21 and ended with Wednesday’s arrest of Shan Lea Caudle, a 51-year-old woman who lives in the War Hill Green subdivision.
According to a statement from James City police, Caudle was been charged with prostitution; keeping, residing or frequenting a bawdy place and possession of marijuana.
The tip indicated there was a “female involved in prostitution” at a residence in the War Hill Green subdivision, and that those services were advertised online on the website backpage.com. The ad on the site provided a link to another, more explicit website, where detailed information was listed, including a phone number to call for scheduling meetings “for sexual relations, in exchange for money,” police said.
On Wednesday, an undercover agent from the Task Force arranged to meet Caudle at her residence for “sexual services and marijuana use,” police said. Agents and officers from James City County Police then executed a search warrant at the residence and seized evidence pertaining to prostitution and marijuana.
James City Police spokesman Major Steve Rubino said Caudle appeared to be the only person involved in the service.
Caudle was released on a Virginia Uniform Summons to appear in the Williamsburg/James City County General District Court on June 7.