For the second time in less than two months, a Pierce County woman has been arrested on charges involving prostitution at a motel while her children were nearby, according to prosecutors.
Shaneen Stanford, 26, pleaded not guilty Feb. 17 to prostitution and drug possession, after police said she offered to have sex with an undercover officer at a Tacoma motel.
Three of her children were in another part of the motel room at the time, police said.
On Tuesday, officers again arrested Stanford, who was out on $1,000 bail, this time accusing her of sub-renting a Lakewood motel room to another prostitute.
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Stanford pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree promoting prostitution. She’s in jail in lieu of the new bail of $50,000.
Through her lawyer, she declined Friday to comment on the charges against her.
Charging papers give this account:
Lakewood police detectives set up a sting Tuesday via backpage.com at a motel in the 9300 block of South Tacoma Way. When a woman in her 20s offered an undercover detective sex for money, they arrested her.
She told the detectives that she and Stanford split a room at the motel for prostitution.
Stanford rented one room for herself and her five children, and had a man rent another room for the women to use for work.
The woman the police arrested said she gave Stanford $20 each time she used the room for sex, and gave her money to drive her to calls outside the motel.
They met a couple weeks ago, she said.
Detectives knocked on Stanford’s room, and her 11-year-old daughter answered. She said she was babysitting for her siblings, ages 2 to 8.
Police called Stanford, and she met them at the motel, where she was arrested. She denied taking money from the other woman and denied being involved in any prostitution since the February incident.
According to court records, Stanford told police after the February arrest that she prostituted herself to pay her bills. She said her mother usually took the children while she was working.