A Sabattus man pleaded no contest to engaging in prostitution July 27, becoming the first person convicted of eight charged in connection with an investigation into prostitution in Lincoln County.
James W. Carville II, 32, must pay a $350 fine for the class E misdemeanor, according to court documents.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Scott Hayden summonsed Carville on June 22 on a charge of engaging a prostitute at the Rodeway Inn in Brunswick on May 14, according to the summons.
Seven other people face charges in the case. Five are scheduled to appear in court for dispositional conferences Aug. 28, a sixth Sept. 11. A court date for the seventh was not available.
A complaint received by the Damariscotta Police Department in April prompted the extensive investigation, including of advertisements on the websites Backpage and Craigslist, according to a July 11 press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Angel McCracken, 26, of Damariscotta, faces several counts of class E engaging in prostitution, according to the press release. Six Maine men, including Carville, and a Massachusetts man were charged with class E engaging a prostitute.
While the Carville case involved a meeting outside the county, the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office has jurisdiction over all the cases because McCracken allegedly communicated with clients from Damariscotta, according to Assistant District Attorney Katie Dakers.