CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – Police arrested a Campbell woman during an undercover prostitution sting on Friday morning.
Police said an advertisement listed online for sexual services linked to a phone number on Facebook for a Tina Schell, of Campbell. An undercover officer contacted the 50-year-old woman and said she offered sexual services with herself and her 21-year-old daughter at her Campbell home.
“Not only offering sexual acts in return for money on behalf of her, but we also find out that she was trying to secure sexual acts for payment for her 21-year-old daughter as well,” Officer Rob Vukovich said.
Police said Schell and the officer communicated for a few days regarding services offered. Investigators started arranging a meeting through a series of text messages, and set up conditions for their encounter at her home on Robinson Road.
Police said Schell’s daughter and another girl were home at the time the undercover officer arrived. The daughter hasn’t been charged.
“We don’t have enough evidence to secure what level of involvement she had. We just know that there was some messages sent that would lead us to believe that she would be a part of this, but as of right now, no charges are going to be filed,” Vukovich said.
Schell is charged with soliciting and procuring prostitution and possession of criminal tools.
“Criminal tools in this matter would be like, her cell phone that she used to arrange the deal, any type of contraceptives or sexual-related items that we found in the house,” Vukovich said.
When asked why she was selling herself for sex, Schell said she had “no answer.”
She would not comment to WKBN during her arrest Friday, but told officers that she was engaging in prostitution due to a late water bill payment.
The arrest is the result of an investigation by the newly-formed Special Investigations Unit at the Campbell Police Department, a team of about six officers that has more than financial support from the city.
“It’s easy for the criminal element to hide from the obvious, from a police cruiser, so we need Special Investigations Unit, we need undercover investigations, and the city supports our unit,” Mayor Nick Phillips said.
Now that the new unit is up and running, investigators say this is just the first of many arrests they’ll be making in the near future.
“We know that we’re never going to stop all crimes from happening, but we’re not going to stop trying to prevent all crimes from happening,” Vukovich said.
Schell is being held at the Mahoning County Jail on a $6,500 bond and is set to appear in court on Tuesday.