DAMARISCOTTA (WGME) – Eight people are facing charges after a prostitution bust on the Midcoast.
One of the accused “Johns” spoke to WGME’s Marissa Bodnar about what happened and why he says he’s innocent.
Police said the investigation started in Damariscotta where the alleged prostitute lives. One of the accused Johns said she posted ads online, describing herself as an unhappy housewife, new in town, not many friends, she was lonely
James Carville said he was feeling lonely himself when he responded to the Craigslist ad, but didn’t hear back for about a week. He said “Through an email she let me know right away that she was a call girl and I said absolutely not, not interested.”
Still, he said he kept talking to Angel McCracken, 26, through texts and social media.
When another week went by, they decided to meet. He stated “I felt an attraction, but I felt a chemistry more than anything. It didn’t feel sleazy.”
Carville said he thought they were starting a relationship, but in the days that followed, he could tell something wasn’t quite right. He said “I felt guilty and I broke it off based on her being married, not based on any thought or even inclination that she was an actual prostitute.”
It wasn’t until a detective called to question him. “It all sorta makes sense, and then he told me I was gonna be summonsed.” said Carvelle.
He and six other men, from all across Maine and Massachusetts are now charged with engaging a prostitute.
When asked “Did you ever have sex with her in exchange for money?” Carvelle replied “No.. No.. No.. And that’s you know without a doubt I can say that.”
Police said there’s no indication McCracken, who’s from the Phillipines, was working for or with anyone else. She’s free on bail, but couldn’t be reached for comment and her attorney didn’t return calls from WGME.
Carville conclude “You know, I’m not proud of this. I’m not proud of committing adultery. I’m certainly not gonna call myself a John.”
The men are all scheduled to appear in court at the end of the month. Police said the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed.