Norwich police, FBI arrest 5 in prostitution sting

From top left: Jerome M. Taylor, Tamara 
Dean, Nicole M. Larosa, Ashley L. Harnois and Passion Adams. (Courtesy of Norwich police)
From top left: Jerome M. Taylor, Tamara Dean, Nicole M. Larosa, Ashley L. Harnois and Passion Adams. (Courtesy of Norwich police)

Norwich — Police arrested one man and four women last week as part of an FBI-led, nationwide effort aimed at locating underage victims who have been forced into prostitution.

Police said undercover officers, detectives and members of the FBI worked together in the Oct. 13 operation, which entailed answering advertisements for prostitution posted on various websites.

Arrested were Passion Adams, 21, of New Haven; Ashley L. Harnois, 24, of Woonsocket, R.I.; Nicole M. Larosa, 23, of 164 Indiantown Road, Ledyard; Tamara Dean, 21, of Providence, R.I., and Jerome M. Taylor, 27, of 244 Willetts St., New London.

Police charged Taylor with promoting prostitution and interfering with an officer. The four women were charged with prostitution.

All five alleged offenders, released on $5,000 nonsurety bonds, are due in Norwich Superior Court Oct. 26.

To learn more about Operation Cross Country XI, visit https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/operation-cross-country-xi.

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