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Hart District classroom aide busted in mother-daughter prostitution sting

Undercover police arrest 56-year-old Rio Norte Junior High teacher assistant, her daughter

Posted: September 28, 2009 4:04 p.m.
Updated: September 29, 2009 7:00 a.m.

Rio Norte Junior High School teaching assistant Katherine Silvers, 56, of Frazier Park, shown here in a picture from her online ad, has been arrested in Kern County along with her daughter, Sarah Sunshine, 31, on suspicion of soliciting prostitution.

 
A Rio Norte Junior High School teaching assistant and her daughter have been arrested on suspicion of soliciting prostitution through an Internet advertisement for a mother-daughter "special massage," authorities said Monday.

Kern County sheriff's detectives arrested Rio Norte Junior High School aide Katherine Silvers, 56, of Frazier Park and her daughter Sarah Sunshine, 31, after they took off all of their clothes for an undercover deputy who responded to their ad, said Sgt. Mark Brown.

"The women let him into the massage room and immediately took off their clothes," Brown said. "At that point, the deputy arrested them."

Silvers was on paid leave pending the outcome of her case, district officials said.

The ads on Craigslist.com and Backpage.com showed photos of two scantily clad women - one younger and one older - offering a one-hour massage for $250 and a $60 bonus option promising a "smile_massage_smile," according to a Kern County Sheriff's Office report.

Another ad said, "TODAY ONLY - Sensual Massage by Mother/Daughter Duo - $250/hr."

In the accompanying photographs, the women were in various states of undress, wearing lingerie: corsets, fishnet stockings and, in one, a see-through feathery robe.

Silvers and Sunshine were detained at the sheriff's Central Receiving Facility and were released Saturday at about 2:20 a.m. Each woman faces possible misdemeanor charges for solicitation of prostitution and for managing a massage parlor without a license, Brown said.

Kern County sheriff's vice unit detectives began investigating the women after someone notified police about two months ago, Brown said. Detectives did not immediately conduct the undercover operation because they needed time to investigate the case, he added.

On Monday afternoon, William S. Hart Union High School District officals were still waiting for a police report about Silvers's arrest from the sheriff's office, said Rochelle Neal, the district's assistant superintendent of human resources.

"Once we receive it, we will conduct our own investigation and take appropriate disciplinary actions pending the outcome of the case," Neal said.

Sunshine told deputies she was unemployed, Brown said.

Detectives identify such advertisements by recognizing suggestive language key words, such as the ones used in Silvers' and Sunshine's advertisements.

He also said public listing Web sites such as Craigslist.com have become a haven for such postings.

"It's very rampant on Web sites like this," Brown said. "It's very easy for people to go on the Internet and arrange a date with a prostitute."

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