Benton County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 10 men this week for allegedly responding to an online advertisement created by law enforcement inviting people to pay to have sex with a woman.
Each man faces a charge of commercial sexual solicitation, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail upon conviction.
The men were arrested at a Corvallis hotel. They are Jeffrey Earl Shannon, 50, of Albany; Kevin McLain Beaudoin, 51, of Albany; Hattan Dawood Natto, 31, of Corvallis; Rick Rizal Sariol, 31, of Albany; John Carl Rislov, 47, of Lincoln City; Ian Richard Hasenfratz, 20, of Corvallis; John Jerry De Jong, 70, of Corvallis; Kevin Eugene Waite, 52, of Junction City; Brian Dale Bartolero, 34, of Camas, Washingon; and Ahmed Abdulhaq Ahmed, 31, of Corvallis. All the men were arrested Wednesday, except for Ahmed, who was arrested Thursday.
“Prostitution is a dangerous criminal enterprise, closely related to narcotics, violence, sexual assault, commercial sexual exploitation of women and children, and in some cases human trafficking,” the Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release. “This operation demonstrates how prevalent prostitution is in Benton County and Oregon.”
Detectives assessed the need for the operation by placing two separate online advertisements for paid sex at the beginning of the year, the Sheriff's Office said. Over 200 men and women responded indicating a desire to engage in paid sexual activity, the agency stated.
This week, detectives created a new online social media advertisement, the Sheriff’s Office stated. Of the 70 people who responded to the ad to pay for sex, 10 arrived at the hotel, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff's Office declined to identify the hotel and did not say what social media platform was used for this week's ad.
The men were taken to the Benton County Jail, where they were immediately booked and released. All of the suspects are set to appear for a hearing in Benton County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. on March 8.