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5 men arrested in Riverside prostitution sting

Five men were arrested in a prostitution sting in Riverside, Southampton Town police said Sunday.

Police said a female undercover posed as a prostitute Friday in an area of Riverside that has been the focus of community complaints about prostitution.

The officer was solicited for sex or sex acts in exchange for money by four men, and solicited for sex by one man who offered narcotics in exchange, police said.

Police said they arrested Edalberto Velasquez, 24, Charles J. Hightower, 55, and Eduardo Xuya-Tocay, 27, all of Riverside; Jose Luis Rodriguez-Perez, 41, of Hampton Bays; and Miguel A. Hernandez, 32, of Southampton.

All five were charged with third-degree patronizing a prostitute.

In addition, Xuya-Tocay and Hernandez were charged with unlicensed operation of a vehicle, while Hightower was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for possessing cocaine with the intent to sell, and for selling the drug to the undercover officer, police said.

Hightower was also on parole at the time, and had an active bench warrant from Southampton Town police for a previous disorderly conduct incident in Bridgehampton, police said.

Police said all five men were taken to police headquarters for processing, and were held for arraignment or released on bail.

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