Dear John Letters

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 11:16am

Daytona Beach Police will soon send letters detailing prostitution arrests to homes of accused "johns".

Daytona Beach police have begun sending letters to the homes of men arrested during prostitution stings.

Dozens of men have been arrested over the last several weeks, and they've made it no secret that prostitution is a pet peeve.

Business owners, particularly in the tourist corridor, said it's not the image they're trying to project.

In recent weeks, several dozen men who were arrested in police stings got a letter sent to their home.

The letter states that the suspect was arrested and contains information about sexually transmitted diseases. A spouse or girlfriend who discovers the letter could take serious action of their own.

"I would be calling a divorce lawyer," resident Meghan Savage said.

"Some people might be able to blow it off, but I don't think I could," resident Murph Thomas said.

It could be humiliating and embarrassing for the suspects, but police hope it's a crime stopper.

"If people know that we're going to be sending letters to their home address, maybe they'll think twice about going out and trying to pick up a prostitute," Daytona Beach Police Department spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.

The letters aren't new.

Other agencies have used them in the past.

It's hard to tell whether they work or not, but police believe no one would want to find one in their mailbox.

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