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PRINCETON — Three men were arrested Thursday afternoon on Thorn Street in Princeton during a sting operation related to prostitution.

Detective S.M. Severt with the Princeton Police Department and other detectives conducted the operation, which occurred between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Severt said Richard Witcher, 43, of Princeton, Bradley Koepnick, 51, of Statesville, N.C. and Daniel Southern, 62, of Princeton were all charged with soliciting to prostitution.

Southern was also charged with possession with intent to deliver Schedule II controlled substances, oxycodone and methadone, Severt said.

“We found over 200 pills with a street value of $8,000,” he said, related to a search of Southern, who also had $1,000 in cash in his possession.

All men propositioned a Confidential Informant (CI), Severt said, offering money for sex.

Witcher offered the confidential informant $15 for oral sex, Severt said, while Koepnick offered the confidential informant “a couple of hundred” for “everything,” and Southern offered $50 for sex.

Witcher and Koepnick were arraigned, made bond and released, Severt said.

Southern was transported to Southern Regional Jail.

“We hope that some of these arrests and the identities being given out to the public will stop the ‘johns’ from soliciting prostitutes,” Severt said.

Contact Charles Boothe at cboothe@bdtonline.com.

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