Negotiations for used car prompt prostitution charges in Blountville

Rain Smith • Mar 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Haggling over the price of a car took a turn towards the illegal Wednesday morning, according to police, after reports of indecent exposure at a Blountville gas station prompted the arrest of a pair on prostitution-related charges.

The female suspect allegedly admitted to performing oral sex on a man who was selling a used car, in an effort to, "get a better deal." Police report they also located Valium in possession of the male suspect, prompting additional drug charges.

Shortly before noon the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office began receiving multiple calls about a possible indecent exposure in progress at the BP Station, 1309 Highway 394. An incident report says a responding deputy observed the suspects' vehicle, a gray Cadillac, at the nearby intersection of Highway 394 and Franklin Drive.

A stop was conducted with the occupants identified as Gary Lynn Tipton, 58, of 2300 Portland Ave., Kingsport, and Crystal Frantzen, 28, of 938 Big Hollow Road, Blountville. The report says Frantzen admitted to being at the gas station inside the vehicle with Tipton, who was selling the car, and performing oral sex to get a better price. She was arrested and charged with prostitution.

Police say Tipton also admitted to the incident, prompting his arrest on charges of solicitation of prostitution. In Tipton's pocket officers reportedly located a plastic container containing six Valium, meriting an additional charge of possession of schedule II drugs.

Frantzen and Tipton were booked into the Sullivan County jail. As of mid-Thursday morning Tipton's bond had been set at $2,000 while Frantzen had yet to be arraigned.


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