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Cayuga Robbery, Prostitution Ring Broken-Up

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office has made three arrests in a prostitution ring which was also committing burglaries and did commit at least one robbery.A lengthy investigation lead by Detectives Brian Schenck and Steve Smith began in December 2005 when the Sheriff’s Office began receiving complaints that migrant workers on farms in the Southern end of Cayuga County were being victimized. The complaints included break-ins at their residences, larcenies of personal items and money while they were actually present in their residences and at least one case of a migrant worker being held down while items were forcibly stolen from his residence. The investigation has revealed that the below listed persons were operating a prostitution ring and would solicit sexual favors for money from the migrant workers and often at the same time, while the workers were distracted, would steal money and property from the residence. In one incident the three subjects reportedly forced their way into a migrant workers residence and once inside, held a male victim down on the floor while others stole money from the residence.Arrested and Charged:Clarence R. Brown Jr., age 54 of 8668 York Settlement Rd. Sodus, N.Y. 1 count Robbery 2nd (felony) 1 count Burglary 2nd (felony) 1 count Promoting Prostitution 4th (misdemeanor)Shannon E. Terwilliger, age 25 of 19 Orchard St. Auburn, N.Y. 1 count Robbery 2nd (felony) 2 counts Burglary 2nd (felony) 1 count Petit Larceny (misdemeanor) 1 count Promoting Prostitution 4th (misdemeanor)Kelly M. Finnerty, age 25 of 19 Orchard St. Auburn, N.Y. 1 count Robbery 2nd (felony) 1 count Burglary 2nd (felony)All three subjects are currently incarcerated in the Cayuga County Jail in lieu of bail. Clarence Brown and Kelly Finnerty are scheduled to re-appear in the Town of Fleming Court while Shannon Terwilliger is scheduled to appear in both the Towns of Scipio and Fleming Courts. Clarence Brown is being held without bail due to immigration violations. Brown is not a US citizen. The investigation is continuing and more arrests may be forthcoming.Cayuga County Sheriff Rob Outhouse stated, “There is no doubt that other crimes may have been committed and have gone unreported. These subjects were praying on a population which is hesitant to report crimes due to their residency status. I commend all those involved in the investigation for their diligence transcending language and cultural barriers to hold those accountable for the crimes committed.”

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