Burlington Man Charged in Prostitution Sting

Police busted Wilfredo Escobar after setting up a fake escort service on backpage.com.

File photo.
File photo.

A Burlington man was arrested during a prostitution sting this week.

Police arrested Wilfredo Escobar, 49, 11 Holly St., Burlington, and Jerold Allen Siegel, 55, 4 Gatehouse Lane, Wilmington, on Thursday and charged them with paying for sexual conduct.

Woburn Police Vice/Narcotics Unit along with the Southern Middlesex Regional Drug Task Force created a listing on the website backpage.com under the Escort portion of the Adult Entertainment section. 

Two undercover agents posed as escorts on Thursday in a Woburn hotel.

In the first case, Escobar reportedly called an undercover officer at 5:07 p.m. and asked for a “tag team” involving the two undercover officers. He headed to the hotel and called back to ask for direction before calling again to let the undercover officers know that he was there at 5:51 p.m., according to police.

Escobar knocked on the door and was met by the two undercover officers. He told one of the undercover officers that he wanted to perform a sexual act on her and placed $100 on a table. The undercover officer notified the surveillance team, which entered the room and arrested Escobar, according to police.

In the other incident, a man contacted one of the undercover officers at 6:07 p.m. Thursday. The man said he wanted “everything," said police. 

The undercover officer told the man that she would be at a Woburn hotel and to call when he arrived in the parking lot. The man said he would be there in 10 minutes. 

At 6:15 p.m., the man called again and said he was in the parking lot and the undercover officer gave him the room number.

Siegel knocked on the door and entered the room. He requested a half-hour and asked the undercover officer to put on a particular outfit that officers had put around the room as props.

The man placed $100 on a table and the undercover officer notified surveillance officers who entered the room and placed Siegel under arrest.

Investigators said the undercover work is part of a project to stop prostitution in Woburn.

“Prostitution, along the act of paying, agreeing to pay or offering to pay another person to engage in sexual conduct is a quality of life issue in that it often take place in hotels, office buildings, and/or apartment buildings where there is pedestrian traffic where customers often blend in, is often associated with drug usage, drug addiction, sexually transmitted disease, human trafficking, abuse and violence including assault, rape, and robbery,” according to SMRDTF. 


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