Columbus crime: 1 arrested in Craig's List prostitution bust

A response to an online ad on Sunday led Columbus police to arrest a woman in a prostitution bust, authorities said.

Sgt. Bill Gasaway was checking Craig’s List and other websites Sunday morning when he spotted an advertisement with a telephone number. He called around 11:45 a.m. and a woman picked up, Gasaway said.

“She said she had to check out of her hotel at one, but she could still accommodate me if I wanted,” he added.

The suspect told the sergeant over the phone that her prices ran $200 for an hour and $130 for a half hour. Gasaway said he wanted to meet, and she told him to call once he reached the La Quinta Inn, 3201 Macon Road.

Gasaway called when he arrived, and he was told to go to Room 155. The suspect opened the door, and the two began talking. Once they reached an agreement of a sexual act-for-money, Gasaway — who was being monitored by other officers — gave the signal, he said.

“When I gave the signal, the officers knocked on the door,” Gasaway added.

Officers arrested Teri Rigley, 38, of South Bend, Ind. She faces charges of prostitution and solicitation of sodomy, Gasaway said.

Rigley’s Columbus Recorder’s Court hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.

“It’s like anything else,” Gasaway said. “It’s going on.”