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Willimantic prostitution arrests now total 4

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Jonathan Piligian, Malcom Shepard and Ashley Velasquez. (Willimantic police photos) Jonathan Piligian, Malcom Shepard and Ashley Velasquez. (Willimantic police photos)
WILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) -

Three more people were arrested in connection with a prostitution investigation in Willimantic.

Police arrested 23-year-old Jonathan Piligian of North Branford, Malcom Shepard, 25, of East Hartford, and 28-year-old Ashley Velasquez of Hartford on Thursday.

This was in addition to the arrest of Sheila Velasquez on Wednesday.

The investigation began in early December.

Piligian, Shepard and Ashley Velasquez were served with warrants on Thursday, according to police.

“Members of the Criminal Investigation Division did an outstanding job with this investigation," said Cpl. Stanley Parizo, Willimantic police. "We are pleased to have all four suspects in custody."

No other arrests were expected.

Piligian and Shepard were charged with third-degree promoting prostitution. Their bonds were set at $75,000.

Ashley Velasquez was charged with prostitution and given a bond of $50,000.

All three were scheduled to face a judge on Friday.

To see more photos of the bust, click here.

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