La Crosse prostitution sting nets 5 arrests

PROSTITUTION BUST
2012-04-13T10:12:00Z 2012-04-13T11:54:03Z La Crosse prostitution sting nets 5 arrestsBy ANNE JUNGEN / ajungen@lacrossetribune.com La Crosse Tribune
April 13, 2012 10:12 am  • 

La Crosse police late Thursday arrested five women during a prostitution sting.

Facing criminal charges are Rosheda Basley, 29, Amanda Lejeune, 24, Sharee McElroy, 44, and Erin Oliver, 32, all of La Crosse, and Tia Johnson, 21, of Eau Claire, Wis.

Investigators and an undercover state agent answered Internet postings for escorts advertising “companionship” and “pleasure” and arranged meetings with 10 women at a North Side hotel, investigator Tony DeLap said.

All five who showed were arrested for prostitution after agreeing to exchange money for sex, he said.

“This won’t be tolerated,” DeLap said.

Authorities also invoked for the first time a new ordinance that allows police to fine unlicensed escorts and dancers. 

Anyone claiming to work as an escort or dancer must obtain a $250 license. Police introduced the idea last year as a way to deter prostitution and generate revenue for the city. The ticket carries a hefty $1,311 fine.

“We know this type of activity is fueling other criminal activity,” Assistant Police Chief Rob Abraham said. “The message we’re sending is we know what’s going and we’re going to take action.”

See Saturday’s Tribune or www.lacrossetribune.com for more on this story.

Copyright 2015 La Crosse Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Activate subscription button gif

Search local business directory

Hint: Enter a keyword that you are looking for like tires, pizza or doctors or browse the full business directory.


Follow The La Crosse Tribune





loading...


Latest Local Offers

Today's Question

Loading…

Are you worried that your job could be done by a robot?

View Results

Featured Businesses

AD BOARD

VIEW ADS  >

SEARCH ALL ADS
Sign Up for Our Email Lists

Breaking News, News Update and Sports Update Headlines. Delivered at 11a.m. daily.

Sign up for Events, Contests and Promotions

Business report, local Business news. Delivered once per month.

New employment opportunities in the region.

Local homes for sale.

Cars, Trucks, Vans, SUVs, Motorcycles, ATVs, Boats, RV's & more

JOB BOARD

VIEW ADS  >

JOBS SENT TO YOUR EMAIL
SEARCH ALL ADS

Homes