Fugitive in AZ Prostitution Case Nabbed in Collegeville
Rachel Laird was charged in 2011 during 'Operation Temple Goddess.'
A Gilbertsville woman charged with prostitution and related offenses in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2011 was arrested during a traffic stop on Main Street in Collegeville and in is prison pending extradition to Arizona, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Pennsylvania State Police stopped a 1998 gray Honda Accord near the intersection of Main Street and First Avenue in Collegeville Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
The driver and registered owner of the vehicle was Rachel Page Laird, who has a warrant for prostitution-related offenses in Maricopa County, Arizona, with full extradition, according to police.
According to a 2011 report in the Phoenix News Times, Laird was one of 33 individuals arrested during “Operation Goddess Temple,” in which practitioners at Phoenix Goddess Temple claimed to provide “spiritual healing sessions for monetary donations,” but, according to police, “engaged in acts of prostitution under the guise of religious freedom.”
Laird was taken into custody and charged as a fugitive from justice. Her bail is set at $50.000 cash, and she was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility pending her extradition to the state of Arizona.