Five men, including a La Crosse County supervisor, were arrested Monday night on prostitution charges.
All had answered an online ad and showed up between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Brookstone Inn on Rose Street, where they agreed to exchange money for sex, according to police.
Investigators and an undercover officer arrested the men on suspicion of soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor.
Arrested were: Bill Brockmiller, 48, of La Crosse; Jon Hage, 43, of West Salem; Spenser Nickelatti, 25, of Holmen; Brian Selke, 42, of La Crescent; and Brian Marking, 42, of Lake City, Minn. All were freed after posting $200 bonds, according to court records.
Brockmiller, a county supervisor representing the 11th district in the city of La Crosse, said Tuesday, "I very much want to take full responsibility for my actions and express extreme sorrow and disappointment in myself."
Though dealing with "extreme personal baggage" - including the death of both parents within the last year - Brockmiller said there is no excuse for his behavior.
A labor market analyst, Brockmiller is also president of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO.
He said he has not made any decision on his leadership positions, but "it is obviously very much on my mind."
Brockmiller invited his constituents to contact him with any concerns.
This is the second prostitution sting conducted by La Crosse Police this year. In April, police arrested five women who were advertising services online.
Police say they plan to continue with undercover enforcement.
Lt. Pat Hogan said prostitution is going on in the city, and the Internet has made it more accessible.
“It’s a little easier for the prostitutes to advertise and for the johns to find them,” he said.
Hogan noted other crimes – including assaults and robberies – go along with prostitution but are often unreported because the prostitute is the victim.