A recent prostitution sting has resulted in charges against seven area men. All are charged with Solicitation of a Sex Act, which is a Class A Misdemeanor. The operation was conducted with officers acting as escorts on a website.
The suspects then allegedly contacted the officers over the phone, discussed the sex acts desired and payments, and arranged a place to meet. When the suspects arrived at the site, they were arrested. According to information provided by the Alton Police Department, much of the prostitution industry has moved online, although there are still some who use city streets to operate. The following individuals were arrested during the detail:
Michael D. Duncan - 65 year old, Bethalto, IL
Steven D. Howerton - 54 year old, Glen Carbon, IL
Dean E. Crosby - 29 year old, Alton, IL
Achutendra S. Kasireddy - 23 year old, Edwardsville, IL