Prostitution Arrests In Bristol Twp. Police Charged Four Women And A Man. Resident Complaints Led To A 3-week Investigation.

Posted: November 27, 1997

BRISTOL TOWNSHIP — Police have charged four women and a man with prostitution in a three-week undercover investigation spurred by complaints from residents.

R.J. Mills, head of the Bristol Township police vice and narcotics unit, said all of those charged were accused of soliciting an undercover police officer, offering sex for money.

The investigation was prompted by renewed complaints from residents about flagrant prostitution in the Route 13 area, between Green Lane and Edgely Road, and the adjacent Airport Road area, Mills said.

The arrests involved solicitations made in that general area between Nov. 14 and 22, Mills said.

The crackdown comes seven months after police shut down two spas and a fitness center, which they alleged were fronts for prostitution. All of the establishments have vanished from the area, and those arrested pleaded guilty or were convicted of prostitution-related charges.

Police Chief Thomas Mills, brother of the vice unit head, said police received complaints from ``honest, hard-working residents of the township upset over this type of activity going on in their neighborhoods. We have promised a continued crackdown, and that's what we have done and will continue to do.''

Those charged were Christine Ann Sickles, 45, of the 1700 block of Bath Road; Lois Beale, 45, of the 1400 block of Green Lane; Ricardo Woods, 29, first block of Green Lane, all Bristol Township; Delma Gary, 38, of the 600 block of Fourth Avenue, Bristol Borough, and Alice Coles, 26, of the 900 block of Bristol Pike, Bensalem. Sickles, Beale and Gary remain in Bucks County Prison unable to post bail, while Woods and Coles are being sought on warrants.

Bucks District Attorney Alan Rubenstein praised the crackdown as ``a very positive response'' by township police to the complaints.

More arrests are possible, R.J. Mills said.

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