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Township Police Arrest Five For Engaging In Prostitution

MIDDLETOWN - The Middletown Township Police arrested five individuals in connection with a prostitution investigation in the area of Knollwood Drive earlier this week.

According to a press release from township police, Patrolman Adam Colfer responded to a suspicious incident at Knollwood Gardens Apartment complex in Middletown on April 19. Colfer encountered Richard Berges, 20, of Thousand Oaks Drive in Middletown and a 17-year old female, also from Middletown, in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

Berges and the female informed Colfer that they were waiting for a friend. Colfer left the scene but received another call shortly thereafter.

Further investigation revealed that Berges and the female were indeed waiting for a friend, however, that friend was another 17-year old Middletown female who allegedly was inside one of the apartments working as a prostitute.

Detectives Pete White and Kelly Godley joined the investigation after the initial encounter with Berges and Colfer.

Over the course of one week the detectives determined that Berges negotiated a price, arranged for and transported the girl to the apartment in order for her to engage in prostitution with one of the apartment's occupants.

On April 26 detectives charged Sajeet Singh and a subject named Deepak, both from Knollwood Drive, with two counts each of engaging in prostitution with a person under the age of 18. The two subjects are employees of the BP gas station in Middletown where they met Berges and arranged the deal.

Both 17-year old females were charged with Prostitution, Possession of Methadone and Possession of Xanax. One female was additionally charged with Promoting Prostitution.

Both females had engaged in prostitution at the apartment in recent weeks. Both females were released to their parents.

Berges was charged with Promoting Prostitution and was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Facility.

According to department spokesman Detective Sergeant Steve Dollinger, investigators are asking that anyone with additional information contact Detectives White and Godley at 732-615-2120.

Dollinger said that they have reason to believe Berges is or has been involved in other instances of prostitution in other areas.

"(Berges) has been acting as the go-between," Dollinger said. "On multiple occasions he has found girls for these guys. We believe he may be doing this in more than one area."