A registered nurse and divorced mother of four from Chappaqua -- the town Bill and Hillary Clinton call home -- was arrested and charged with prostitution after an undercover police officer saw a Craigslist ad she allegedly posted offering sex for money.
"It's a very unusual thing to happen in Chappaqua," Detective James Wilson told NBCNewYork.
Melinda Brennan, 46, put up a Craigslist advertisement seeking "upscale men" when an undercover cop contacted her and agreed to meet him and have sex for money, according to the New Castle police department.
The criminal complaint alleges Brennan offered sex to the cop in exchange for $200. When they set a time and a place -- Feb. 16 -- for a meeting, the cop handed over the money and busted her for prostitution, police said.
The complaint says Brennan told detectives she had been posting sexual ads on Craigslist for about a month and a half. She would post a photo of herself and then ask for photos of the men she is about to meet. She told cops she worked for herself, and kept a book of customers that included the men's first names and telephone numbers, according to the complaint.
Brennan was released on an appearance ticket and is due back in court on Thursday, said the police. It was unclear if she had retained a lawyer.
Last April, Brennan got divorced from her husband and was living in a rented house on Quaker Street for 18 months, reported The Journal News.
The house which is in foreclosure is owned by Janet Angier, the owner of a private music school called Music in Chappaqua.
Angier, who does not live in the residence, said she was not aware of what Brennan was doing and avoided evicting her because she was sympathetic of Brennan's plight.
"It's basically that I really wanted to help her, she needed it," Angier told The Journal News. "I gave her breaks on rents and obligations and it hurt me."
While the Chappaqua area boasts in-demand real-estate -- and neighbors like the Clintons -- Angier's home differs for its sustained damages.
Built in 1820, the white clapboard home has a sinking driveway surrounded by plastic orange netting and plywood covering the front door that Angier said the police knocked down when arresting Brennan.