Reverend William Ventura, 31, of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, was arrested this past Friday night by Nashua Police in a Craigslist Prostitution Investigation in New Hampshire. He was charged with the Sex Crime of Attempting to Solicit for Prostitution, which carries a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison.
Reverend Ventura was reported one of eight people arrested in a hotel sting and is scheduled to be arraigned on April 21. As a result of his arrest, the priest has accepted a ‘voluntary’ leave of absence and is restricted from participating in the ministry until this matter is involved. It is unclear at this time whether the Roman Catholic Church will or has initiated its own independent investigation.
In recent years, it’s no surprise that police departments across Massachusetts and the rest of the country have taken a very aggressive and proactive approach in Sex Crimes investigations. To that end, many police departments have created internal Cyber Crime Departments whose focus is exclusively to investigate Sex Crimes over the internet.
From my criminal caseload over the last several years, I have seen an increase in Sex Crimes charges from my own clients, a great number of these coming from Craigslist. Often times, the police will post their own ‘sex ads’ on Craigslist or on other internet sites in an effort to arrest those soliciting prostitution. In other cases, the police will target the advertisers themselves, resulting in stings at hotels or other places.
Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has extensive experience in representing persons charged with Sex Crimes, including Rape, Indecent Assault & Battery, and Prostitution. If you have been charged with a Sex Crime in Massachusetts, you should immediately consult with an experienced Sex Crimes Lawyer.
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