By MELINDA WILLIAMS
CHRISTIANSBURG – A Pulaski woman arrested in a July prostitution sting in Montgomery County was convicted Tuesday, while an aiding in prostitution charge against a her husband was taken under advisement.
According to a spokeswoman with Montgomery County General District Court, Misty Dawn Blankenship, 36, was convicted of a single count of prostitution. She was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with all but one month suspended and is required to undergo an HIV test within 60 days.
The aiding prostitution charge against 44-year-old Curtis Mason Blankenship, also of Pulaski, was taken under advisement for a year. If he keeps the peace and is of good behavior during that time, the charge could be dismissed.
Both defendants’ charges were Class 1 misdemeanors carrying a possible sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
The Blankenships were among seven people arrested in the prostitution sting, which was conducted by Montgomery County-area law enforcement and the FBI.
According to a press release issued by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the arrests, the operation involved “cyber investigators … targeting individuals offering sexual encounters via online websites.” Multiple individuals in the New River Valley area were identified as offering adult services for money, according to police.
Capt. Robert New with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said the “operation was part of a larger and broader response to the drug problem within” Montgomery County.