The Village of Delhi Police Department announced Tuesday a second arrest in connection with a prostitution incident earlier this month.

Paula M. Rubera, 21, of Delhi, was arrested Aug. 21 for prostitution.

“It’s kind of a weird story,” said Police Chief Michael Mills. “She called it in herself and then continued to set up the deal.”

Rubera was solicited by Steven Burnside, 47, of Bloomville and initially declined, Mills said, “and then negotiated a price.”

Mills said Rubera contacted police while Burnside was en route to her residence and showed officers text messages detailing her interactions with him.

Burnside was arrested Aug. 7 and charged with third-degree patronizing a person for prostitution, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while ability impaired by drugs.

When asked if prostitution is a significant problem in the village, Mills responded “generally not, until it is,” noting that the village’s most recent arrest for prostitution was 10 or 15 years prior.

“It’s kind of a rarity,” he said.

Both Rubera and Burnside were released on appearance tickets returnable to the Delhi Town Court, according to a media release.

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.

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