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Romeoville police crack down on prostitution, say it's not a victimless crime

10 men were arrested in early February as part of a prostitution sting.
10 men were arrested in early February as part of a prostitution sting.

A Romeoville deputy police chief said the prostitution sting at a local hotel was an investigation the police perform annually to curb the crime.

During the week of Feb. 4, Romeoville police arrested 10 men on charges of solicitation of a prostitute. The men were arrested at the Extended Stay America Hotel on Lakeview Drive, where the undercover operation took place.

Romeoville Deputy Police Chief Steve Lucchesi said the operation is something the police have done annually over the past several years. He said the police are arresting people for soliciting a prostitute because prostitution is not a “victimless crime.”

“We don’t believe it is. There’s plenty of victims that are forced into this,” Lucchesi said.

Lucchesi also said prostitutes may be supporting drug habits. A few years ago, he said, police received a call that there was an underage girl being prostituted by an adult at a local hotel.

In a news release Wednesday, Lucchesi said the sting at Extended Stay America was done with the cooperation of hotel management and not in response to complaints of prostitution occurring at the establishment.

“Online solicitation of prostitution is a concern throughout the area and is not isolated to any one community or any one hotel chain,” Lucchesi said.

Lucchesi declined to discuss how the operation was performed because he did not want to jeopardize other officers’ safety.

The 10 men arrested by Romeoville police include:

• Nino Barker, 28, of Bolingbrook

• Erik Millan, 34, of Hanover Park

• Paul Kaminsky, 24, of Yorkville

• Thomas Ocheltree, 48, of Bloomington

• Michael Pry, 39, of Aurora

• Shahrukh Khan, 28, of Aurora

• Sambit Mohanty, 37, of Naperville

• Nasser Mohamed, 31, of Oak Lawn

• Vasilios A. Kaiteris, 42, of Palatine

• John B. Akins, 41, of Bolingbrook

Khan claimed that he went to the hotel after his friends paid for him to receive a lap dance as part of a bachelor party for his June wedding.

Khan claimed that he went to the hotel room by himself, knocked on the door and saw officers inside. The officers walked him into the room, read him his rights and told him he violated a local ordinance, he said.

Khan said he doesn’t recall seeing a woman in the room but does remember alcohol and other items he believes were placed to “make it seem like someone was there.”

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