MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fourteen men are accused of being involved in a prostitution ring after responding to ads by undercover officers who posed as minors to engage in sex, according to charges filed in Washington County Court.
Woodbury police arrested six of the men last week at a hotel and at a gas station. The others were stopped in the fall of 2014, but prosecutors were asked to hold off on charges so police could conduct more stings.READ MORE: At Duluth's Rose Garden, Thousands Of Vibrant Flowers Are Uniquely Situated On Lake Superior's Shore
The suspects facing charges of prostitution include 59-year-old Kevin Michael Aylward of Burnsville, 37-year-old Benjamin Charles Berry of Mounds View, 38-year-old Brent Allen Fredrickson of Eagan, 29-year-old Christopher Scott Henderson of Champlin, 33-year-old Gordon Patrick Jones of Clayton, Wis., 33-year-old Ryan Brook Meredith of Woodbury, 35-year-old Nathan John Mravinc of Hudson, Wis., 34-year-old Brian Patrick O’Boyle of St. Paul Park, 20-year-old Luis Angel Ponce of Cottage Grove, 21-year-old Kyle Michael Segermark of Gem Lake, 50-year-old Paul Dean Skaggs of Martha, Ky., 30-year-old Michael Leonard Tallman of Coon Rapids, 35-year-old Ian Laurence Walford of Lake Elmo and 43-year-old Chad Allen Schroeder of Minneapolis.READ MORE: COVID Community Test Sites In Mpls., St. Paul, Bloomington To Close By End Of The Week
According to the criminal complaint, the wording of the fake online advertisements varied, but officers said they were for sex with girls between the ages of 14 and 17. The men would text with the alleged girls to arrange a meet up.
Officers arrested the men when showed up to meet them.MORE NEWS: Twin Cities Among Metro Areas Included In Biden Plan To Curb Violent Crime
If convicted, the 14 men face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.