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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (STMW) – Four women and two men are free on bond and awaiting trial, after being arrested in an ongoing Naperville Police Department crackdown on prostitution.
Details of the case or cases were sketchy, as formal police reports had not been completed as of late Friday night. All six arrests occurred between 1:29 and 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the same location in the west suburb, according to preliminary reports.
Misdemeanor charges of prostitution were filed against Rachel A. Graber, 26, and Doris M. Keller, 35, both of St. Paul, Minn.; Nicole A. James, 19, of South Elgin; and Christine S. Obarr, 46, of Wheaton, reports stated.
Thomas W. Evans, 22, of St. Paul, was charged with pandering and possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana. Chucky L. Laster, 30, of Rockford, was charged with pandering and driving with a revoked or suspended license, reports showed.
Members of the police Special Operations Group for several years have monitored a number of social networking websites, where suspected prostitutes and their pimps have advertised a variety of “personal services” for sale. Undercover police officers have then arranged meetings with the suspects, typically in the rooms of hotels and motels on the city’s north and northeast sides.
Police Sgt. Gregg Bell on Friday confirmed that was how detectives made their most recent arrests.
Evans, Graber and Keller are all from St. Paul. Bell said he did not know if they were working together, or what kinds of relationships, if any, exist between the suspects.
Bell would not identify the place where the arrests were made.
The suspects are to be tried in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton. Their arraignment dates as of Friday were pending.
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