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AUGUSTA, Maine

21 charged in prostitution sting

Twenty-one men are facing misdemeanor charges of engaging a prostitute after an investigation at three central Maine hotels, authorities said. The Kennebec Journal reported that the six-week investigation involved advertisements placed online. Authorities said each of the men responded to an ad and went to a hotel in Waterville or Augusta expecting to pay for sex but were instead arrested. An Augusta defense attorney who has been contacted by at least two of the men charged is questioning the amount of time and money that went into and investigation that resulted in 21 misdemeanor charges. (AP)