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Are Prostitution Stings Worth Police Effort?

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Joshua McSparron Joshua McSparron
Bryan Petersen Bryan Petersen
Shanti Rasailey Shanti Rasailey
Dustin Schmidt Dustin Schmidt
UPDATE

 They’ve been arrested, bonded out of jail and now charges are pending against five men, following a prostitution sting in Grand Forks.

Dean McAllister, Joshua McSparron, Bryan Petersen, Shanti Rasailey, and Dustin Schmidt will each be charged with: “Hiring an Individual to Engage in Sexual Activity”.  

However, some Valley News Viewers say that police could better spend their time busting “real criminals.”  Police say the men were lured to a south end Grand Forks motel via a website, where they were recorded soliciting sex from a female, undercover police officer.

Lt. Jim Remer, Grand Forks Police: “We just want to make sure we’re out there being proactive on this issue. We’re not out to embarrass anybody or put a scarlet letter on them… anything like that.”

However, some Valley News Live viewers have been posting comments to our facebook page to the effect… police could better spend their time busting real criminals. But, police say there are a couple of points to remember.  Number one, prostitution is not a victimless crime.

Lt. Jim Remer: “This type of activity does tie to underage girls being forced into a life that is horrible.”

Plus, Remer says when they make a prostitution  bust, it often leads to an arrest for a related crime.

Lt. Jim Remer: “It ties to other types of crimes. We’ve had robberies, assaults, thefts, aggravated assault, many different things that can tie to this activity.”

Remer says their enforcement efforts regarding prostitution will continue. If convicted, the men charged with soliciting sex face a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a 1-thousand dollar fine.

ORIGINAL STORY

Grand Forks Police arrested 5 men during a prostitution sting Friday.

Dean McAllister, Joshua McSparron, Bryan Petersen, Shanti Rasailey, and Dustin Schmidt are charged with Hiring an Individual to Engage in Sexual Activity, a class-B misdemeanor in North Dakota.

The men face up to a $1,000 fine and/or 30 days in jail.  Police aren't sharing many details on the sting, but say a local hotel helped in their investigation.
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