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Prostitution sting in Albert Lea and Owatonna nets 20 arrests

prostitutionALBERT LEA – An undercover law enforcement operation in Southern Minnesota led to the arrests of 20 men on solicitation of prostition charges.

On February 19th, March 20th and April 7th, 2015, the South Central Drug Investigation Unit (SCDIU) initiated and conducted undercover operations focusing on human trafficking and related sex crimes. These operations were conducted in Owatonna on March 20th and in Albert Lea on February 19th and April 7th at cooperating area hotels.

The operation on April 7th was conducted in partnership with the Rochester Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit. This partnered operation served as a training session designed to instruct law enforcement officers on investigative techniques to combat human trafficking and related sex crimes. The training also focused on topics related to current trends, victimization and legal updates. It should be noted that this training opportunity was promoted and partially funded by a state grant obtained by the Southeast MN Safe Harbor Regional Navigator’s Office to further education and enforcement efforts in the southeast region of MN.

As a result of the three operations, 20 individuals were arrested, booked and released. All individuals are facing formal complaint charges related to Solicitation of Prostitution.

Donald Harm Huisengay, age 62
Allen Scott Rasmussen, age 50
Leon James Holst, age 60
Mark Randel Ward, age 56
Jay Howard Graves, age 52
Kenneth John Bradley, age 49
Steven Ronald Fisher, age 58
James Ernest Nylund, age 73
Jesse Allen Woytcke, age 46
Brian Eric Pillard, age 53
Mark Charles Hinsch, age 59
Thomas Dale Wicks, age 40
Gary John Percival, age 28
Christopher Edward Wiener, age 43
Lee Allen Albertson, age 44
Robert Philip Parker, age 59
Franklin Daniel Voeltz, age 36
Rebecca Faye Voeltz, age 36
Lance Dean Madson, age 26
Stanley Dennis Trca, age 51

The SCDIU is a regional task force encompassing Steele, Freeborn, Waseca and Faribault Counties. Participating agencies include the Owatonna Police Department, Albert Lea Police Department, Waseca County Sheriff’s Office, Faribault County Sheriff’s Office, Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, Steele County Sheriff’s Office, Blooming Prairie Police Department, Waseca Police Department, Janesville Police Department, Blue Earth Police Department, Wells Police Department, and Winnebago Police Department.

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