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County Board member arrested in prostitution sting

Brian Marking Brian Marking
Brian Selke Brian Selke
Jon Hage Jon Hage
Spenser Nickelatti Spenser Nickelatti
William Brockmiller William Brockmiller

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - Five men, including a member of the La Crosse County Board, were arrested Monday night during a prostitution sting in La Crosse.

William "Bill" Brockmiller, who represents District 11 on the County Board, was one of those arrested. 

According to the La Crosse Police Department, officers conducted a prostitution sting at 1830 Rose Street, between 3:00 pm and 6:30pm Monday.

Police say the five males arrested had answered an advertisement over the Internet and then responded to the listed address where they had agreed to exchange money for sex.

All five men were arrested on a charge of solicitation of a prostitute.  Officers say the men were booked into jail and able to post the $200 bond.

Those arrested include:

  • 48-year-old William Brockmiller of La Crosse, WI
  • 43-year-old Jon Hage of West Salem, WI
  • 42-year-old Brian Marking of Lake City, MN
  • 42-year-old Brian Selke of La Crescent, MN
  • 25-year-old Spenser Nickelatti of Holmen, WI

Interim Police Chief Robert Abraham commented following the arrests, "Investigation into prostitution activity is on-going, and more arrests could happen."

The men are scheduled for a court appearance on September 6th.

This is the second prostitution sting conducted by La Crosse police this year.

In April, police arrested five women in the city who were advertising their services on the Internet. The La Crosse Police Department says prostitution is an ongoing problem in the city and the county.

"Prostitution can lead to other crimes that take place," said Lieutenant Pat Hogan. "I mean robbery, sexual assaults, drug activity, and quite often they are not reported by the victim because she herself is engaged in illegal activity."

Lieutenant Hogan says it doesn't appear to be single group or prostitution ring, but rather small pockets of individuals throughout the area.

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