Eau Claire (Press Release) - During the past several months, the Eau Claire Police Department, Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) have worked collaboratively to combat prostitution in our community.
On April 9, 2013, law enforcement worked in cooperation with the Rodeway Inn and Suites located at 1828 South Hastings Way regarding this proactive effort.
The following individuals were arrested for the crime of Pandering after they answered Internet-based advertisements, offering to pay money in exchange for sexual gratification:
Ryan F. Sullivan, 36, Eau Claire
Edilberto G. Castrejon, 46, Oakdale, Minn.
Marek Szczepanik, 29, Oak Lawn, Ill.
Steven S. Idso, 63, Chippewa Falls
Scott D. Burtness, 30, Chippewa Falls
Tommy J. Klatt, 35, Chippewa Falls
Frederick L. Williams, 30, Eau Claire
Shawn M. Fisher, 38, Trego
Scott A. Buttke, 45, Altoona
John J. Seibel, 43, Bloomer
Dennis J. Meinen, 72, Bloomer
Wisconsin state statute describes Pandering (944.33) as: Solicitation of another to have non-marital sexual intercourse or to commit an act of sexual gratification, in public or in private.
Prostitution poses significant public health, safety and quality of life issues. Human trafficking, drug trafficking, robbery and other serious crimes are often related to this activity. The investigation into prostitution activity is ongoing and more arrests may occur.
The Rodeway Inn and Suites is an important partner with law enforcement in this ongoing effort. The Eau Claire Police Department, Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office, and DCI are appreciative of the Rodeway Inn and Suites' cooperation in this matter.
If you have any information related to this investigation, you are encouraged to contact the Eau Claire Police Department Detective Division at 715-839-4978.
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