Area resident jailed on prostitution charges

SHIRLEY — Henry County officers are pursuing charges against a Shirley resident who attempted to exchange sex with an undercover police officer for drugs and alcohol, police said.

Stoney Dobbs has pleaded not guilty to a charge of prostitution in Henry Circuit Court.

Police began investigating Dobbs after officers with the Shirley Police Department received an anonymous letter stating that Dobbs traveled around Indianapolis, performing sexual acts with hotel staff in exchange for free rooms, court documents state. The letter told police that similar acts were taking place in Dobbs’ Shirley apartment.

The investigation was handed over to the Henry County Drug Task Force. An officer with the division began exchanging messages and phone calls with Dobbs, court documents state. They arranged to meet at Dobbs’ apartment; the officer agreed to bring beer and marijuana on Dobbs’ request, and Dobbs told the officer sex usually costs $50, court documents state.

Once inside the apartment, the officer used audio and video records to tape their conversations, court documents state. When Dobbs agreed to exchange sex for marijuana, officers stationed nearby entered the home. Dobbs was arrested and taken to the Henry County Jail.

Prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor that carries up to one year in prison and $5,000 in fines. Dobbs is expected back in Henry Circuit Court in August.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or