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Police: Sting catches restaurant owner moonlighting as prostitute

Staff Writer

Lincolnton police teamed up with two neighboring agencies to carry out a sting operation this week at a city hotel, resulting in the arrest of a Shelby restaurant owner for soliciting an undercover officer for sex.
Officers charged Elizabeth Ann Winter, 54, of 103 Leesburg Court in Shelby, with one count of prostitution after they said she agreed to meet with the undercover Cleveland County Sheriff’s detective at a Lincolnton hotel, a press release said.
Winter, who goes by the nickname “Classy Cissy” and owns Winter House Restaurant & Deli in Shelby, was charged with similar crimes in Cleveland County last year, police said.
According to a Shelby Star article published in May, Winter claimed she didn’t accept payment or request specific sex acts from the undercover officer at a Shelby hotel in 2011, proving she had not been soliciting sex. She referred to herself as a “high-end” escort in the article.
Lincolnton Police investigators said Winter did accept cash from the undercover officer in this month’s sting operation.
The woman has since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $1,000 secured bond.
Shelby Police Department also aided the joint investigation.

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