A months-long police investigation resulted in the arrest of a Searsport woman who was allegedly engaging in prostitution, as well as a Belfast man who police say was attempting to obtain her services.

Amber Lee N. Philbrick, 25, of Searsport was summoned on a charge of engaging in prostitution following a police investigation that Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye said wrapped up Tuesday, July 12.

In addition, Philbrick was arrested on a charge of violating conditions of release because she was out on bail at the time she incurred the prostitution charge. Philbrick was arrested Thursday, July 14, LaHaye said.

Also charged in connection with the investigation was 21-year-old Jeffrey C. Spen of Belfast, who LaHaye said was summoned on a charge of engaging in prostitution after he allegedly attempted to obtain Philbrick’s services. Spen was summoned Tuesday, July 12.

LaHaye said Phibrick initially caught the attention of police late last year, prior to the departure of former Searsport Police Officer Jessica Danielson, who began investigating Philbrick’s alleged activities after receiving a complaint from a citizen.

“We had a complaint that this had allegedly been going on for a while,” said LaHaye.

Danielson left the Searsport Police Department last December, but LaHaye said the officers who remained on staff picked up the investigation where she left off. Even with all of the work Danielson completed prior to her departure, LaHaye said the case still took months of investigation before charges could be brought.

LaHaye said prostitution, no matter how large or small the operation, raises many concerns in the community, including everything from the physical safety of those engaged in such activity to the potential for the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

“We have to make sure our i’s are dotted and our t’s are crossed,” said LaHaye. “There’s a lot at stake here.”

Engaging in prostitution is a Class D offense — considered a misdemeanor — under Maine state law.