Remember what momma always said: Never trust a hooker to settle for $200 when she can have $3200 ‚Äî especially if she’s online.
According to the PiPress, “an Eagan man who responded to an Internet advertisement for a sexual tryst with an escort maintains that [Carissa Marie Guse, 23] and [Lovell Thomas, 39, of Blaine] tried to blackmail him for $3,000 by threatening to tell his wife and texting him his wife’s name and home address.”
The complaints state an Eagan man, whose name police did not release, contacted police July 8 and told them he’d met a woman who identified herself as Miranda through the adult services advertisements on www.Backpage.com, a classifieds listing service.
OK, wait a minute; are we not revealing this guy’s name to protect his innocence? Didn’t he just commit a crime? Last time I checked it was a crime to solicit sex. Or is it somehow OK if it’s just on Backpage.com? Are back pages (like the infamous City Pages back page) somehow outside of the law?
The two had met the night before at a Burnsville hotel along Minnesota 13 and Interstate 35W, where, he said, he paid her $200 for sex.
The next evening, according to charges, he began receiving text messages, pictures and phone calls from her phone number. Miranda wanted “3000 roses” ‚Äî- $3,000 ‚Äî or she would tell his wife.The charges describe the messages as lurid and demanding. The texts featured an image of the man’s car parked in front of the hotel, including a picture of his license plate. The texts also included his wife’s name and date of birth and their home address.
One of the texts read: “I want more roses for my time or I’m coming to your house and talk to your wife I will put this (expletive) on the net all over plus myspace facebook yahoo too your choice.”
Uh-oh. Not Facebook!!!
Apparently, it was a real family event. The two blackmailers were busted outside the Eagan home, with Thomas’s toddler in the back seat of the car. Thomas had texted his baby-momma, a Hennepin County correctional deputy, and asked her to run the man’s license plate in order to get his home address. “But it’s not clear from charges whether the deputy knew what the pair intended to do with the information,” says the report. Huh? Does it matter? Since when is it OK for a deputy to look up a random person’s info and reveal an address? Is this legit?
According to the Strib, sex sells, and all the arrests and police sting operations just don’t seem to be dissuading the “Johns” from their sex-for-sale endeavors.
Brad Sperling, 45, a veteran assistant coach with the White Bear Lake High School girls’ hockey team, became the latest to learn that anonymity can fade quickly when one is snared in a sting operation. He was nabbed Jan. 12.
Before him, there were the arrests of a south suburban pastor and of state and north suburban political figures. A Star Tribune review of six stings conducted since Jan. 14, 2009, reveals a total of 66 men arrested during the hotel sweeps. Only three were St. Paul residents.
This week former Prior Lake minister John Kameron Erbele, 36, pleaded guilty to charges of soliciting a prostitute. He will, however, serve no jail time in the misdemeanor conviction ‚Äî simply probation, counseling, 24 hours of community service and “john school,” an educational program for men who solicit prostitutes.
What I really want to know, though, is…
is this really him? Oh, my!
And in Bloomington, police cracked down on prostitution at a therapeutic massage business. “According to a search warrant, an undercover cop was offered a sex act from the woman massaging him here last November.”
And more bad cop news…
What’s the right way to bust a prostitute? Apparently, you’re just supposed to get a verbal agreement of sex for money and then make the arrest. But officer David Pleoger went a little further with his arrest of Betsy Burkland, and now the Court of Appeals has ruled that he violated due process.
The ruling said that the officer went to Peaceful Image Tanning and Bodyworks in 2008 after receiving a tip about prostitution. He met Burkland, arranged a one-hour massage for $70 and then took off his clothes in a massage room. When Burkland entered the room, she offered to perform the massage topless for an extra $30 and the officer accepted.
After a while, Burkland asked the officer to turn onto his back, and he asked if he could touch her breasts, the court said. She put oil on her hands and rubbed his genitals. He asked if the “release” was included in the $100 fee and she said yes.
Gone too far?