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More Than 30 People Arrested Following Prostitution Sting in Linn County
By Chris Earl and Sam Lane, Reporters
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - More than 30 men and women have been arrested as part of a Linn County prostitution sting that was carried out over the last three days.
Several local law enforcement agencies including the Linn County Sheriff's office, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and the Marion Police Department worked together t0 apprehend the suspects and charge them with prostitution. Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said the stings took place at multiple hotels in Linn County. While he wouldn't divulge the exact names and locations of the hotels, Gardner said one took place at a hotel in Marion on the operation's first day and another took place at a hotel in Cedar Rapids on the second day.
Gardner said officials first received information about possible prostitution in Linn County when officers from local agencies assisted on a similar bust in Coralville earlier this year. He said officials began moving on the case based on activity seen at a number of places online, but would not divulge any of the specific sites.
"If you want to sell a lawnmower, you go to a certain site," Gardner said of how officials went about the bust. "If you want to find a prostitute, you go to the same site."
Gardner said "the vast majority" of those involved in the sting had been taken into custody as of Friday afternoon and said the operation officially stopped this afternoon.
According to a press release from the sheriff's office, those charged with prostitution came from as far as New Jersey and California and as close as Cedar Rapids.
The following people were charged with prostitution, but Gardner said the list is likely to grow today. Ages and cities are included below.
-Krystal Martin, 22, Camanche, Iowa
-Leisha Brzozowski, 21, Chippewa Falls, Wisc.
-Cassandra Ottinger, 22, Eau Claire Wisc.
-Melissa Lee Hogan, 27, Cedar Rapids
-Madonna Collins, 26, Wheaton, Ill.
-Kelvin Davis, 48, Cedar Rapids
-Bryan Herity, 44, Morris Plains, N.J.
-Nicholas Burden, 31, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
-Douglas Reibling, 38, Dubuque
- Keith Morrison, 37, Liberty, Mo.
-Stephen Baxley, 54, Robins, Iowa
-Tonieka Williams, 23, Kaseta, Minn.
-Ashley Palmer, 21, Sherrard, Ill.
-Jennifer McCrary, 27, Eldridge, Iowa
-Angelina Kennedy, 26, Rock Island, Ill.
-Emma Beadel, 22, Eldridge, Iowa
-Shaina Fay, 23, Cedar Rapids
-Stephanie Keister, 31, Cedar Rapids
-Mark Fischer, 63, Cedar Rapids
-Dmitry Stupak, 31, Iowa City
-Nicholas Kuennen, 33, Center Point, Iowa
-Mark Pelleymounter, 55, Cedar Falls
-David Collins, 51, Independence, Iowa
-Steven Baker Jr., 34, Cedar Rapids
-Daniel Horn, 35, Fort Madison, Iowa
-James A. Girres, 66, Cedar Falls
-Joseph Kiecksee, 38, Marion
-Joshua Chambers, 29, Cedar Rapids
-Keyan Zhao, 29, Menlo Park, Calif.
-Jeremy Brimeyer, 33, Marion
-Brandi Turner, 34, Atkins, Iowa
-Jamie West, 27, Davenport
-Gumaro Sanchez, 38, East Moline, Ill.
-Jason A. Shannon, 38, Miami, Fla.
-Mark Ketchum, 54, Marion
-Bradley Rodriquez, 47, Iowa City
-Jason Ramirez, 36, Hiawatha
Gardner said he thought all the men charged purchased the sexual acts, while the women listed sold the acts. In addition to the above names, the following individuals were charged with miscellaneous criminal violations.
-Jeffroe Washington, 20, Waterloo (possession of a controlled substance – marijuana)
-Troy Williams, 33, Davenport (possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia)
-Dion Peters, 28, Camanche, Iowa (driving while license under suspension)