SUNSET BEACH — Two individuals have been arrested by the Sunset Beach Police Department in a prostitution case after a several week-long investigation.
Dawn Medlin, 37, is charged with soliciting prostitution after allegedly soliciting sexual services in exchange for money to an undercover Sunset Beach Police Department (SBPD) officer, the charge is a misdemeanor.
Posing as a client, the undercover officer met Medlin at a location in Sunset Beach.
Glenn Poston, 42, drove Medlin to meet the undercover officer, fully aware of the arrangement for sexual services, according to SBPD release. Poston’s juvenile-aged son was present at the time of the arrest. Poston is charged with promoting prostitution, a felony charge.
When asked why the act of solicitation is a misdemeanor while promoting the act is a felony, Police Chief Kenneth Klamar explained it is set by the state, not local law enforcement.
“The NC General Statute lays out the level of charge for each offense. These levels are assigned by lawmakers to each charge. It is not determined by us,” he said.
The investigation began after police received a complaint from witnesses alleging prostitution was occurring in the Oyster Bay area in Sunset Beach.
In the following weeks of investigation, the Sunset Beach Police Department arrested Medlin and Poston, with the assistance of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.
“We did the operation, we ran the investigation,” Sunset Beach’ assistant police chief Joe Smith Smith, said. “We utilized the sheriff’s department as a mutual aid.”
Both Medlin and Poston are being held in the Brunswick County Jail after being arrested Wednesday evening.
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