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Mentor Man Busted In Prostitution Sting

He and 11 others were arrested after they went to a Willoughby hotel, expecting to meet a 20-year-old woman, according to police

A Mentor man was among those arrested during a prostitution sting by Willoughby Police Department.

On Feb. 21 and 22, the Willoughby Police Department conducted an operation targeting the customers of prostitution.

Detectives placed an ad on a website frequently used by prostitutes. The ad offered adult services for a special rate of $100 for a half hour.

Twelve men responded to the ad and were arrested without incident after they entered a motel room expecting to meet a 20-year-old female, Willoughby Police said.

The men were all charged with soliciting and criminal tools. Both charges are misdemeanors. All posted a $404 bond and have a court date set for the morning of March 7 in the Willoughby Municipal Court.

Future operations of this nature will be planned as needed, Willoughby Police said. A cooperating Willoughby motel was used during the investigation.

Those facing charges are:

  • Raymond T. Kern, 50, Mentor
  • Eugene Preston, 38, Beachwood
  • Bert M. Brown, 55, Beachwood
  • Timothy D. Asberry, 54, Willoughby Hills
  • Gill S. Gurinder, 31, North Royalton
  • Nagi J. Haddad, 55, Rocky River
  • Ryan B. Tyna, 42, Hudson
  • Ramone A. Davis, 26, Cleveland
  • Johannes Reinhard, 64, Palm Beach
  • Richard M. Salajcik, 47, Eastlake
  • Efren Romero, 41, Painesville
  • Bryan Hess, 51, Cuyahoga Falls
Michael Smith February 26, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Waste of Police Resources if they were all consenting Adults. They will do what they do no matter what and I am suprised Government and Law Enforcement have money and.resources to waste on this victimless crime. Why don't we setup stings to get all the child rapist off the streets. Europe regulates prostitution and no crime from it there!
Anne February 27, 2013 at 02:31 AM
yes, they are all of age, but please don't think prostitution is a victimless crime. i wonder how many prostitutes started so young that it really wasn't their choice. if you think about the lives of so many young girls or guys - dysfunctional family situations, extreme poverty, no positive role models, mental, physical or sexual abuse, etc. etc. - maybe they end up in prostitution because they have no other options (or think they don't) and then they are trapped in it. please don't say a victimless crime ----- THEY are the VICTIMS!
Michael Smith February 27, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Everyone has a choice for change if they do not like what they are doing! What is the difference between having sex for money or a dozen roses and diamond ring/gift? Europe prostitution is legal and regulated because it is illegal here victims of pimps beating them up or rape do not contact the police since they are afraid of going to jail themselves, so making it illegal makes victims.
Lisa M March 01, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Jason- Do you know if this is the same Mentor resident that was in the paper for donating a Kindey ( I believe) to his best friend? Just curious.
Jason Lea (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I honestly don't know. Sorry.

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