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Sunday, November 29 News

Fairfield police: Woman charged with prostitution in her home

FAIRFIELD — For the second time this year, a woman has been arrested and charged with prostitution after a months-long investigation, police said.

In a press release, Fairfield police Lt. Antonio Granata said Bianca Garnett, a 29-year-old Fairfield resident, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit prostitution, criminal attempt to commit prostitution and prostitution.

Granata said the arrest came after a several-month long investigation into illegal activity, where neighbors complained there were drug transactions and prostitution centered around Garnett’s home. He said this was not the first time she had been charged with prostitution.

“Police had recently completed an investigation into this neighborhood in May, which culminated in the arrest of Bianca Garnett on May 28th. During that investigation, Garnett was arrested and charged with Prostitution,” Granata said.

Shortly after the May arrest, Granata said, police continued to receive neighborhood complaints reporting the same patterns of behavior. He said this included Garnett having brief interactions with cars pulling up to her home, men entering her home for brief periods of time, men accessing her home utilizing neighboring yards, an influx of vehicular traffic in the area and suspiciously parked cars during the overnight hours.

“Detectives again began to investigate the home of Garnett,” Granata said. “It was discovered that she had been involved in prostitution out of her home and detectives found her to be marketing her services through online advertising.”

On Nov. 16, Granata said, police arrested Garnett on a Superior Court arrest warrant with the prostitution-related charges. According to court documents, her bond was set at $50,000 and she is scheduled to enter a plea on Feb. 2.

Police said the arrest was a culmination of investigative efforts by detectives utilizing neighborhood witnesses, surveillance efforts, search warrants and interviews of cooperating individuals.

“We want to thank the concerned residents who reached out about this illegal activity going on in their neighborhood,” Police Chief Christopher Lyddy said. “Thanks to the extensive and thorough investigation by our officers, particularly the Quality of Life Unit, we were able to put a stop the criminal activity going on in that area.”

joshua.labella@hearstmediact.com

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