Three charged with patronizing prostitute during Utica sweep

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Three men were charged with patronizing a prostitute following an investigation into multiple complaints in Utica Thursday.

Utica Police said patrols conducted the second part of a two-part prostitution/quality-of-life detail in the areas of Rutger Street, between Genesee and Mohawk streets, and South Street, between Genesee and Mohawk streets.

The areas are known for a high level of prostitution-related activity and numerous previous arrests have been made within the targeted areas, police said.

As a result, the following were taken into custody and charged:

Jaime Alvarez, 65, and Raul Gonzalez, 35, both of Utica; and Gustavo Tamay, 45, of Ossining, Westchester County.

Each suspect was charged with one count each of third-degree patronizing a prostitute, a class A misdemeanor. They will appear in City Court.

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