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10 arrested in prostitution sting

A prostitution sting operation netted 10 arrests over the weekend in Riverside, including eight men charged with patronizing a prostitute and one man charged with promoting prostitution, police said.

The operation was conducted by Southampton Town police said the arrests were made late Saturday and early Sunday, police said. During the operation, undercover officers posed both as clients and as prostitutes, police said.

Police said the operation took place in the area around the traffic circle in Riverside.

Arrested and charged with third-degree patronizing a prostitute were seven men from Riverhead and one man from Flanders. . One Riverhead man, Timoteo Lopez, 27, was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.

Another Ruben Mutzutz, 36, also of Riverhead, was also charged with resisting arrest, police said.

Police said Joe Lee McKay, 65, of Mastic, was charged with fourth-degree promoting prostitution after he steered two men to an undercover officer -- after he negotiated the price of a deal for two men, police said. A 36-year-old woman also was arrested and charged with prostitution, police said.

All 10 of those arrested were either arraigned Sunday in Southampton Town Justice Court or are scheduled to appear for arraignment June 27.

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