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10 area men arrested in prostitution sting

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Another prostitution sting in Eau Claire but this time police targeted alleged customers.

Ten men were arrested last week. Police say the men responded to a prostitution ad posted by police. Arrangements were then made by phone calls or text messages. The men were arrested at an Eau Claire hotel after offering an undercover Eau Claire officer money in return for sex.

Police have been investigating prostitution for the past year. As part of that investigation, several alleged prostitutes were arrested earlier.

The 10 men are: Jeffrey W. Bursaw, 49, of Eau Claire; Cody A. Biseck, 19, of Independence;Atul N. Patel, 40, of Eau Claire; Brandon L. McCartney, 24, of Altoona; Jonathon P. Smalstig, 34, of Eau Claire; Douglas A. Regal, 39, of Chippewa Falls; Michael A. Sluga, 29, of Eau Claire; Donald J. Dobson, 49 of Black River Falls; Russell W. La Point, 32, of Eau Claire and Daniel L. Ducommon, 32, of Chippewa Falls.

Police say prostitution poses significant public health issues and quality-of-life issues. They also say the investigation into prostitution activity is on-going, and more arrests could happen.

Misdemeanor criminal charges are expected to be filed against the 10 men next week. The charge carries a possible nine-month jail sentence.

 

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