Belle Vernon, PA

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Belle Vernon is a borough of approximately 1,100 residents, located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. On June 12, 2013, officers from the Southwest Regional Police Department in nearby Farrell placed a decoy advertisement on an undisclosed “social media site” advertising sex in exchange for cocaine. At least one sex buyer responded to the listing, and arranged to meet a female undercover officer in Belle Vernon, where he was arrested after offering the officer $100 in exchange for sex. During processing, it was discovered that the man was listed in a national registry for convicted sex offenders. Soon after, the SRPD released the individual’s name and arrest photo to the public.

State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 1093
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