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Couple's Gladstone Home Searched for Running an Alleged Prostitution Business

Statistically, the City of Gladstone has low arrest numbers for prostitution and related charges.

Prostitute being arrested
Photo: Gladstone Police

(GLADSTONE, Ore.) - Today, the Gladstone Police and the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force served a search warrant on 1400 Cornell Avenue in Gladstone.

Detectives interviewed 43-year old Christina Lee Smith, and her husband, 24-year old Austin J. Batchelor, regarding their alleged promotion of prostitution business.

Also questioned was 40 year-old Charlene Clayton who arrived at the house, while police were there. She was interviewed at the Police Department and later released, pending charges from the Clackamas County District Attorney.

This investigation is continuing and will be delivered to the District Attorney's office when completed for consideration of charges. Police initially started this investigation after community members reported what they were seeing at their neighbor's home. They frequently saw young women coming to 1400 Cornell Avenue and a short time later a man would pull up in a car and also go inside. After a short period of time, the man would leave followed by the woman.

It did not take the neighbors long to come to a conclusion on what they believed was happening and they went to police.

Statistically, the City of Gladstone has low arrest numbers for prostitution and related charges. It is not a common crime in our jurisdiction when compared to other crimes we investigate. And, having it organized in a home in a close-knit neighborhood is even rarer. This case would not have come together had it not been for the help of our community.

The couple could face several charges, one of which could be Promoting Prostitution, a Class C Felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and $125,000 in fines.

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Shallweshaglater May 7, 2007 6:55 pm (Pacific time)

I wonder how many self rightious penis pumping judges are enacting legislation against the sex industry, I sleep better at night knowing theyre looking out for me!

Slam; March 15, 2007 6:30 pm (Pacific time)

to the Devil; the answer is.., you can't here an enzyme.

Neighbor March 11, 2007 3:01 pm (Pacific time)

To the idiot above who wants them as neighbors. Give me your address and I'll tape it to there door so when they get evicted here they've got a new place to roost....Get it out of my backyard...Sounds like the perfect neighbor fot you.

the Devil; March 11, 2007 5:37 am (Pacific time)

to h. c.,the Puritan's?.,didn't they buy and sell slaves after they stole the area known as the New World from it's ungodly, non-european, primitive hunter gatherers who were the rightful owners??,..,those Puritan's? and do you know the difference between an enzyme and a hormone?

the Devil; March 10, 2007 10:19 pm (Pacific time)

Margret; you may be interested in property anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington D.C.

Hooker College March 10, 2007 10:10 pm (Pacific time)

If someone wants to be in the sex business and it is properly regulated for disease and taxes, young people should be encouraged to go into it....when Plymouth Rock finally lands on the Puritans.

Dear Margaret March 10, 2007 2:52 pm (Pacific time)

Your next door neighbor might have a sawed-off shotgun. How would you know? I have a real pain in the neck for a neighbor and she is 75 years old. I would much rather have people doing something fun and exciting that having this busy-body nosying around all the time and gossiping too. She is a real prostitute in my eyes. I would love to have male and female prostitutes as neighbors. At least they wouldn't ask me questions about my life and such. It would also be better then television to peek-out of the blinds. It's reality T.V. with V.D.

Dave. March 10, 2007 7:49 am (Pacific time)

Why the hell isent prostitution legal. This is where my tax dollars are going? Nice work ass holes! I've had three car sterio's stoled in the last two years, and your worried about some old lady and her friend humping losers for money? JESUS!

Margaret March 9, 2007 5:32 pm (Pacific time)

Thank God the Police listened to the community! If its Ever Legalized it should be in its own community, not where family's are trying to raise their childern! Sawed off shotguns and the like - come on, get real! You want that at your next door neighbors home?

the Devil; March 8, 2007 6:36 pm (Pacific time)

to begin with.,they let Clinton off!.,and I didn't have anything to do with it! or this curerent event., but you can legally bet this Sunday some preacher with a 16 inch wooden paddle, thumping his /her pulpit with emphatic vigor.,will try and drag me into this! Where's the Rev's Phelp's of Topeka when they're really needed? Such behavior never even crossed my mind!., but the blond did remind me of an ex-wife..,probably just a coincidence.

Lascivious Hoelover March 8, 2007 4:06 pm (Pacific time)

Legalize it and stop wasting taxpayer dollars for people that like the sport of sex. How is this any different than football with its forward passes, tight ends and wide receivers? You take precautions in organized sports and can do the same in organized sex.

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