Watertown -- On September 24th, State Police along with the Syracuse Police Department, and the Jefferson Metro Drug Task Force began an investigation into suspected prostitution occurring at local motels in the City of Watertown.
The investigation was brought to the attention of the State Police when the mother of a 15 year old female, from Syracuse, contacted State Police after she believed her daughter was engaging in prostitution in the Syracuse and Watertown areas. The 15 year old female was reported missing to the Syracuse Police Department in June 2012, and was wanted on an active warrant for her arrest.
The subsequent investigation utilized a public web site to find specific ads related to the missing girl. Subsequent contact was made with the girl, and as a result of ongoing dialogue, the 15 year old girl was taken into State Police custody at noon today on Arsenal Street in the City of Watertown.
Upon further investigation, Troopers arrested Eric J. Oliver, age 29, of 505 McBride Street, Syracuse,for Promoting Prostitution 2nd Degree, a class "C" felony and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Oliver was charged after it was determined that he was involved in advancing or profiting from prostitution of a person less than 16 years of age. Oliver was arraigned in the City of Watertown Court and committed to the Jefferson County Jail without bail.
The 15 year old female was returned to Family Court in Onondaga County.v