At least 8 arrested on prostitution charges


Bellingham Police arrested at least eight people over the weekend on prostitution-related charges, police said in a statement.

Police Lt. Danette Beckley said the arrests were made Friday evening as part of joint operation among officers from the Bellingham Police Department, the North-Central Sound Child Exploitation Task Force, including agents and detectives from the FBI and the Seattle Police Department.

“Friday’s arrests are the latest effort as law enforcement continues to work at reducing the demand for prostitutes and ending human trafficking,” Beckley said in the statement.

No other information was provided, including where and how the arrests occurred.

Police Department online daily activity reports and booking records at the Whatcom County Jail show eight arrests for prostitution-related offenses, including a King County man booked on a felony charge of promoting prostitution and seven men on misdemeanor counts of patronizing a prostitute.

There were no apparent arrests of prostitutes.

“The joint operational teams made contact with young women involved in prostitution, and those patronizing prostitutes through the use of undercover agents and detectives,” Beckley said in the statement.

Erik James Wyndham, 22, was booked at 2 a.m. Saturday on charges of second-degree promoting prostitution for profit, a class C felony.

He posted bail Sunday and was released from Whatcom County Jail, records show.

Arrested for patronizing a prostitute Friday evening were: Justin Connors-Driftmier, 34; Eric A. Larson, 46; Chase Allen Littlefield, 22; Teobaldo Miranda-Martinez, 52; Lane Henry Stremler, 37; John Philip Wilson Jr., 60; Zhi Feng Liu, 38.

No information was released about where those men live and how they arranged to meet with prostitutes.

All those men posted bail and were released, records show.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty