Columbus courts: Woman busted in online prostitution sting pleads not guilty

A woman netted by Columbus police in an online prostitution sting pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

Candita Elise Ortiz, 27, appeared before Judge Mary Buckner on charges of prostitution and solicitation of sodomy. Sgt. Bill Gasaway testified that he was investigating online adult escort websites when he found one with the headline: Latina.

He called the number on the ad and spoke with the suspect. After setting up a meeting, Gasaway went to the Days Inn, 3452 Macon Road, around 5 p.m. Tuesday, reports state.

“We went in the room and engaged in a conversation,” the sergeant said. “It was going to be $200 for an hour and $130 for a half hour. She asked me if I wanted the hour.”

Gasaway agreed to the deal and money changed hands. That’s when other officers entered the room and made the arrest, Gasaway said.