2 arrested on prostitution charges in Stroudsburg

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The Monroe County District Attorney's Office Detectives arrested Emerald Star Rainey, 19, of Mount Pocono and Samuel Ijah Stewart, 24, of East Stroudsburg for Prostitution and drug related charges.


By Bill CameronPocono Record Writer


Detectives have once again made prostitution-related arrests after an investigation that started at www.backpage.com. Officers at Stroud Area Regional Police told the Monroe County District Attorney's office that there was someone advertising on the website for possible prostitution.

An undercover detective from the DA's office checked Backpage and found an advertisement for "Sexy Candy." She is pictured and described as "a beautiful bombshell, curvy thickness, $60 for a half hour and $120 for an hour...outcalls only."


The woman was later identified as Emerald Star Rainey, 19, of Mount Pocono.

The ad included a phone number. The detective texted to the number and arranged a one hour meeting for $200 at the Hampton Inn on South Eighth Street in Stroudsburg on December 29th, 2016.

A surveillance team recognized Rainey upon her arrival. Officers arrested her as she entered the hotel lobby. Detectives then signaled for other members of the surveillance team to approach the vehicle in which Rainey arrived, a statement from the DA's office said.


Samuel Ijah Stewart, 24, of East Stroudsburg was the driver of that vehicle. He and another adult male who was not named detectives, appeared to be waiting for Rainey.

Detectives noticed the scent of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Stewart admitted to possessing a quarter ounce of marijuana, and told detectives that he had transported Rainey to the hotel for sex. He also said he was the one who posted the advertisement on backpage, and that he was the one texting the detectives to make meeting arrangements, a criminal complaint said.

During Rainey's interview, she admitted that she had planned to have sex for money, that she had been a prostitute for about a month, and has several dates a week. She told investigators that she splits the profits with Stewart.

Stewart was arrested and taken into custody. He will appear in court at a later date for charges involving promoting prostitution, a misdemeanor of the second degree and possession of marijuana. Rainey will also appear at a later date for the charge of prostitution.



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