Floyd County woman arrested for prostitution

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A website designed to buy, sell and trade items led to an unusual investigation for police in Floyd County.

It is a case prosecutors are calling very unusual.

"It's not something we see every day by any stretch of the imagination. To my recollection the last case in Floyd County was in 2002," said Assistant Floyd County Attorney Tyler Green.

He is talking about prostitution. Valerie King is behind bars accused of selling herself online.

"We received an anonymous tip on Monday that there was a female advertising on Craigslist sex for hire," said Martin Police Chief Brian Baldwin.

When officers emailed the woman they say she responded with an offer.

"She described what she was willing to do and the price," said Chief Baldwin. Prosecutors say one price listed was $100 for 'certain services'.

Police say in the emails King gave them a phone number and an address. They say she told them to meet her at her home on Bucks Branch just outside Martin city limits.

"Because of our status as a city we have countywide jurisdiction but she was advertising to be living in Martin," said Chief Baldwin.

They arrested King Wednesday. She is charged with prostitution and a probation violation and will also have to undergo HIV testing.

"If proof could be shown that she knew she had a communicable disease then the penalty would be enhanced," said Green.

For now she faces up to 180 days in jail and a $250 fine.

King declined our request for a jailhouse interview. She pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday morning, and will be sentenced Friday.

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