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Prostitution sting ends with 37 arrests in Linn County


A three-day prostitution sting in Cedar Rapids has ended with 37 people facing charges. The Linn County Sheriff's office says the operation was designed to stop human trafficking and prostitution in the metro area. Law enforcement officials placed electronic and print ads to catch the prostitutes.

The joint operation included law enforcement from 12 agencies including the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Cedar Rapids and Marion Police Departments, and other surrounding police departments. Homeland Security, the U.S. Marshal's Service, and Federal Bureau of Investigation also assisted in the operation.

The suspects are from all over the country including people from eastern Iowa as well as New Jersey, Florida, and California. Sheriff Brian Gardner said he was relieved no juveniles were found during the operation, but that doesn't mean no teens are involved in prostitution in the area.

"Unfortunately I don't think this is going to be the end of it. I think as long as there are ads that can be placed, as long as people continue to answer them, this may be something we do again," Gardner said.

37 people are charged with prostitution. Three more people face other charges.


Those charged with prostitution are:

Krystal Martin, 12/22/1989, Camanche

Leisha Brzozowski, 9/20/1990, Chippewa Falls, WI

Cassandra Ottinger, 6/22/1990, Eau Claire, WI

Melissa Lee Hogan, 7/3/1984, Cedar Rapids

Madonna Collins, 2/10/1986, Wheaton, IL

Kelvin Davis, 5/5/1964, Cedar Rapids

Bryan Herity, 1/3/1968, Morris Plains, NJ

Nicholas Burden, 08/11/1980, Mt. Pleasant

Douglas Reibling, 02/10/1974, Dubuque

Keith Morrison, 12/14/1974, Liberty, MO

Stephen Baxley, 01/23/1958, Robins

Tonieka Williams, 09/14/1988, Kaseta, MN

Ashley Palmer, 09/14/1990, Sherrard, IL

Jennifer McCrary, 11/20/1984, Eldridge

Angelina Kennedy, 05/21/1986, Rock Island, IL

Emma Beadel, 03/27/1990, Eldridge

Shaina Fay, 06/23/1988, Cedar Rapids

Stephanie Keister, 04/28/1981, Cedar Rapids

Mark Fischer, 12/02/1948, Cedar Rapids

Dmitry Stupak, 10/21/1980, Iowa City

Nicholas Kuennen, 05/07/1979, Center Point

Mark Pelleymounter, 02/18/1957, Cedar Falls

David Collins, 02/04/1961, Independence

Steven Baker Jr., 10/18/1977, Cedar Rapids

Daniel Horn, 07/13/1976, Fort Madison

James A. Girres, 12/26/1945, Cedar Falls

Joseph Kiecksee, 11/8/1973, Marion

Joshua Chambers, 08/05/1982, Cedar Rapids

Keyan Zhao, 09/28/1979, Menlo Park, CA

Jeremy Brimeyer, 08/29/1978, Marion

Brandi Turner, 12/08/77, Atkins

Jamie West, 01/30/85, Davenport

Gumaro Sanchez, 05/02/74, East Moline, IL

Jason A. Shannon, 08/09/73, Miami, FL

Mark Ketchum, 03/05/58, Marion

Bradley Rodriquez, 09/13/64, Iowa City

Jason Ramirez, 12/22/75, Hiawatha


The following people were arrested during the sting, but face charges not related to prostitutions:

Jeffroe Washington, 07/25/1991, Waterloo 

Troy Williams, 01/10/1979, Davenport

Dion Peters, 04/16/1984, Camanche



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