SARASOTA, Fla. -- August 18, 2017 -- 9:30 a.m.
The Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit and Narcotics Unit have arrested Anne Dodge, 55, and Jennifer Dodge, 30, both of Bay Street, Sarasota, after a Crimestoppers tip in June 2017 was shared with Detectives about possible prostitution happening inside a home.
Between June 2017 and August 2017, Sarasota Police officers, working with the Department of Health and Selah Freedom, conducted several undercover operations inside the Dodge’s residence in the 2900 block of Bay Street, Sarasota. During undercover operations, Jennifer Dodge offered to perform a sexual favors in exchange for U.S. currency to an undercover officer. Anne Dodge performed a massage in exchange for U.S. currency to a police officer who was working in an undercover capacity. Officers contacted the Department of Health who confirmed Anne is not a licensed massage therapist.
Both women were posting ads to the website BackPage.com. One ad for Anne said, “I am a beautiful, talented, licensed massage therapist whom God uses to bring his healing energy to you and bring you to a whole new level of ecstasy.”
On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Street Crimes and Narcotics Officers executed a search warrant at the Dodge’s residence. Anne was arrested on Wednesday, August 16th at the residence and Jennifer was arrested on Thursday, August 17th.
Anne Dodge was charged with:
· 2 counts of unlicensed practice of a health care profession (felony)
· 2 counts of massage establishments; requisites; licensure; inspection (misdemeanor)
Jennifer Dodge was charged with:
· Prostitution (felony)
o Jennifer also has 3 prior convictions of prostitution
Both women were arrested without incident and transported to the Sarasota County Jail. The Department of Health encourages individuals to always verify if an individual is licensed to practice their healthcare profession at www.flhealthsource.gov and report any healthcare unlicensed activity to the Department of Health at 1-877-HALT ULA (1-877-425-8852)