NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — A sting at a Northborough hotel Saturday resulted in the arrest of eight men on charges of attempting to purchase sex from a minor, police said.
According to records filed Monday in Westborough District Court, Massachusetts State Police working with members of Northborough, Fitchburg and Worcester departments coordinated an operation to catch child sex predators on Sept 29.
Police placed an online ad that contained a cellphone number to lure adults seeking sexual acts from an underage prostitute, Northborough Police Detective Sgt. Brian Griffin said in a court statement. A female state trooper who answered the phone arranged to meet the men at different times Sept. 29 at the Econo Lodge hotel at 380 Southwest Cutoff in Northborough.
The men were then greeted by Northborough and state police officers at the hotel, Griffin said.
Cash to be used to pay for sexual favors was confiscated in amounts ranging from $48 to $200, police said. Items allegedly used for payment included beer, cigarettes, marijuana and a $25 gift card to Old Navy, police said.
The following men were arrested and charged with attempting to pay a person under 18 for sex: Daniel Demarzo, 30, of North Grafton; William Shomphe, 54, of Marlborough; David Huckins, 51, of Medway; Wilson Silva, 41, of Framingham; Charles Fegan, 26, of Sutton; Miles Silun, 32, of Charlton; Zachary Chase, 37, of Marlborough; and Elder Perez-Esteban, 40, of Marlborough.
Each was released on personal recognizance, with return court dates in late November.