Rochester, PA

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Rochester is a township of approximately 3,500 residents, located in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Prostitution activity has been well-documented throughout Beaver County, and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is sex trafficking.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. Demand reduction tactics used in the township of Rochester include the disclosure of sex buyer identities and employment loss. For example, in November, 2016, Center Township police caught a Rochester school board member in a prostitution sting. And charged him with “patronizing prostitutes” and “attempting to patronize prostitutes.”  He had arranged to meet a woman at a hotel and agreed to pay her $120 for 20 to 30 minutes of sex, according to a criminal complaint.  Beaver County District attorney’s office offered the man entry into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program — a plea offered to first-time, nonviolent offenders that must be approved by a county judge. He was scheduled to appear in an ARD hearing in January, 2017. According to District Attorney David Lozier, that offer was made by prosecutors who believed the man had resigned from his position on the Rochester school board. At the time of his arrest, the Rochester schools Superintendent said the man had  announced his intent to resign.  However, in January 2017, the plea agreement was revoked after the man failed to resign and took his regular seat at a School Board meeting. Prosecutors at the time said that “Someone who’s guilty of soliciting prostitution should not be in public office, by statute. In March, 2017, the man was accepted into the special plea/ARD program after he resigned his position on the Rochester School Board.

Key Partners

  • Rochester School Board
  • Center Township Police Department

Key Sources

Employment Loss, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Local Prostitution within the County:

  • “Woman Is Arrested at Beaver Falls”, Beaver County Times, June 22 1965.
  • “Women Accused of Prostitution”, Allegheny Times, September 13 1993.
  • “Woman Charged with Prostitution”, Beaver County Times, November 20 1995.
  • “Stop Crime, Beaver Falls Citizens Say”, Beaver County Times, February 10 1999.
  • “Woman Charged with Prostitution”, Beaver County Times, March 2 1999.
  • “Prostitution Sting Nets Arrest of 5 Suspects”, Beaver County Times, October 30 2002.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Charged”, Beaver County Times, August 6 2003.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Charge”, Beaver County Times, August 21 2003.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Alleged”, Beaver County Times, September 25 2003.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Charged”, Beaver County Times, October 13 2003.
  • “Beaver Falls – Woman Charged”, Beaver County Times, April 27 2004.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Charged”, Beaver County Times, June 24 2004.
  • “In Brief; Police & Fire; Prostitution Charge”, Beaver County Times, August 5 2004.
  • “Beaver Falls – Woman Charged”, Beaver County Times, September 29 2004.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Alleged”, Beaver County Times, October 3 2004.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Alleged”, Beaver County Times, November 2 2004.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Charged”, Beaver County Times, December 19 2004.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Charges”, Beaver County Times, May 11 2005.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Alleged”, Beaver County Times, September 29 2005.
  • “Beaver Falls – Solicitation Charged”, Beaver County Times, October 1 2005.
  • “Letters to the Editor; Clean Up the Prostitutes”, Beaver County Times, October 2 2005.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Charges”, Beaver County Times, October 5 2005.
  • “Police Fight Prostitution in Beaver County”, Beaver County Times, October 16 2005.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Alleged”, Beaver County Times, October 18 2005.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Alleged”, Beaver County Times, November 17 2005.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Charge”, Beaver County Times, November 29 2005.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Charged”, Beaver County Times, April 28 2006.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Alleged”, Beaver County Times, June 2 2006.
  • “Beaver Falls’ New Loitering Plan Might Be Illegal”, Allegheny Times, June 6 2006.
  • “Loitering Ordinance Faces Legal Questions”, Allegheny Times, June 22 2006.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Charge”, Beaver County Times, July 26 2006.
  • “Police Pose as Johns in Sting”, Beaver County Times, August 29 2007.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Charge”, Beaver County Times, November 1 2007.
  • “Beaver Falls – Prostitution Alleged”, Beaver County Times, November 15 2007.
  • “Prostitution a Problem for Beaver Falls Businesses”, Allegheny Times, January 1 2008.  
  • “Unwanted Traffic in Beaver Falls; Prostitution a Concern for Business Owners in Borough”, Beaver County Times, January 5 2008.
  • “Beaver Falls; Unwanted Entrepreneurs; Hookers a Deterrent to Commerce, Business Owners Say”, Allegheny Times, January 6 2008.
  • “Beaver Falls; Prostitution Alleged”, Allegheny Times, January 16 2008.
  • “Three Arrested in Beaver Falls Prostitution Sting”, McClatchy-Tribune Regional News, May 20 2008.
  • “Beaver Falls”, Beaver County Times, January 2 2009.
  • “In Brief; Local Reports”, Beaver County Times, November 12 2012.
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Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the County:

State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 3437
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