26-year-old Catherine Diane Masten of Hickory, 30-year-old Michelle Gieava Gill of Lenoir, 27-year-old Lacy Jade Daves of Nebo, 27-year-old Angelica Lee Ann Crane of Hickory, 46-year-old Shelley Waldrop Briggs of Hickory, 27-year-old Victoria Khrysten Gore of Hickory and 50-year-old Selina Jewell Pyatte of Hickory have each been charged with one count of misdemeanor prostitution and one count of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution.
Last Thursday, June 19, the Burke Co. Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division and the Burke Co. Narcotics Task Force conducted an undercover operation targeting prostitution in Burke County.
After a complaint that out-of-county residents were coming to Burke County to engage in prostitution, Investigators set up a sting operation.
Investigators visited a website and made contact with the suspects through postings made by individuals to the website. The postings included the suspect's contact information and some included photos. During the operation, suspects came to a pre-determined location where they offered sexual acts in exchange for money. The encounters were captured on hidden video.
The investigation is ongoing with more arrests pending.
Six of the seven suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court on July 28 in Morganton. Masten has a court date on July 9.