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Prostitution charge dropped against woman cited in botched WPD sting


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A prostitution charge against a woman cited during a botched sting operation last year that has led to a SBI investigation of the Wilmington Police Department has been dropped.

Court records show the charge against Lauren Brittany Crocker was dismissed Wednesday, when she also pleaded guilty to a traffic infraction.

The dismissal means there are now no charges against all three woman cited in the sting operation March 16 and 17, 2012. Police voided citations against two other women shortly after the sting.

Last week District Attorney Ben David and Police Chief Ralph Evangelous asked the SBI to look into WPD in the wake of an internal investigation into the sting targeting advertised escorts. Evangelous last week called thing, which included months of silence by the officers involved, "a mess."

Two officers were demoted and another suspended for their roles in the undercover operation. WPD says its internal review found no violations of law by officers.

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