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State trooper charged with patronizing prostitutes

Pennsylvania

BLAKESLEE, Pa. (WHTM) – A state trooper assigned to a barracks in the Poconos is accused of patronizing prostitutes.

Police say Benjamin Toth 32, used fake aliases and online accounts to patronize prostitutes. He was stationed at the Fern Ridge barracks in Blakeslee.

Toth’s wife tipped off police nearly three years ago and provided several electronic devices and sexually explicit Craigslist postings, according to charging documents. Charges were filed only recently because the case was reassigned at one point and investigators continued collecting evidence up until three months ago.

Investigators say Toth in 2015 found a 26-year-old woman asleep in a car. After she passed field sobriety and medical tests, he asked the woman for her number. Six months later, he used a law enforcement database to access her personal information without a valid reason. 

Toth also allegedly used a fake Facebook account to message the woman. In the sexually explicit conversation obtained by investigators, Toth offered to send her money for sex, the complaint states. 

He also used aliases to solicit women for sex on Facebook and Craigslist, according to the charging papers. Investigators said they linked his phone and email to more than 20 inappropriate Craigslist postings.

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