Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 2, 2012

Sex sting results in 6 arrests

Men facing charges of patronizing a prostitute.

By Mike Fletcher
Tribune staff writer

Kokomo — Prostitution is not just a big-city problem, it happens everywhere.

Kokomo police proved that Thursday by arresting six men, two from Kokomo, on a Class A misdemeanor charge of patronizing a prostitute after an undercover sting at an area hotel.

Detective Tonda Cockrell of the special investigations unit said the hotel cooperated with the investigation.

Residents’ complaints contributed to the arrests, Cockrell said.

“We arrested some females earlier this summer, and now we’re trying to address the other side of the equation,” Cockrell said.

“We’ve gotten some complaints about these kinds of activities, but not in one certain area.”

If convicted, the men could face up to a year in jail, depending on their criminal background.

The men got wind of the activities through an adult website. Police began the sting Thursday morning and conducted it throughout the day. Police made the first arrest at 11:45 a.m. and concluded the sting with a 5:12 p.m. arrest, police reports show.

Cockrell said police will continue related stings when complaints come in and as manpower dictates.

In August, Kokomo police arrested three women, two from Wisconsin and one from Kokomo, on prostitution charges at a different Kokomo hotel after receiving complaints. The suspects were all charged with a Class A misdemeanor prostitution charge.

Anyone with information regarding these investigations can contact the KPD Hotline at 765-456-7017.