LINCOLN – A York man was one of seven people arrested in Lincoln during a recent prostitution sting operation.
Dan Troester was cited on one charge of solicitation of prostitution, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine upon conviction.
Operation Cross Country was a joint effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and local law enforcement.
In Nebraska, 33 people were arrested during this operation.
The three-day sweep across the nation was designed to rescue child prostitutes while catching pimps and johns. No child prostitutes were found in Lincoln during this sweep.
Five adult women and two men were arrested in this particular situation.
Numerous media outlets are reporting that investigators contacted most of the women through ads on backpages[dot]com and set up meetings at the Holiday Inn Express at 1101 West Commerce Way. The women, all with Lincoln addresses, ranged in age from 20 to 30.
Officers also arrested one woman’s boyfriend on suspicion of pandering, which is a Class 4 felony that carries up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 upon conviction.
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Troester was arrested after he allegedly paid an undercover Omaha police officer $100 for sex. Officers entered the hotel room and arrested him on suspicion of solicitation.
Investigators say they used a backpages[dot]com ad of their own to lure solicitors to the hotel.