Clermont County, OH

Tactics Used

Buyer Arrests
Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Clermont County is a county located in southwestern Ohio and has a population of approximately 208,000 residents. Prostitution and sex trafficking are well-documented problems in the county. For example, in September, 2012, three people were arrested as the result of an investigation into a prostitution ring operating out of a local mobile home park. According to reports, the Goshen Township Police Department had received an anonymous tip about regarding suspected prostitution activity occurring at a mobile home park. Undercover police officers arranged “false sexual encounters and prices over the phone,” which led to the three arrests. As a result of the investigation, two women were arrested and charged with prostitution and a man was arrested and charged with promoting prostitution. All three suspects were transported to the Clermont County Jail. Between April and June 2017, the Sharonville Police Department, FBI, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Cincinnati Police Department, Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, and U.S. Marshals Service were involved in the arrest of four men from the Cincinnati area. The men were indicted on federal violations as suspects in the prostitution and sexual exploitation of a minor from Clermont County. The individuals were charged following the recovery of the minor by officers at a local motel.

Shaming and loss of employment are consequences of buying sex that have occurred within the county. For example, in February, 2012, a warrant was issued for the arrest of the former Clermont County Commissioner, who resigned the day before he was charged in Kentucky for soliciting prostitution and trafficking of a controlled substance. The Kenton County, KY Attorney’s Office along with the Kentucky State Police released an announcement that they had issued the charges, both of which were misdemeanors. According to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation stemmed from information detectives received from a Clermont County Jail inmate in June of 2011, who said the man had provided her drugs and money in exchange for sex acts while he was county commissioner. As a result of his arrest, the offender resigned from his position. His identity and image were included in reports by local media outlets.

State Ohio
Type County
Population 208601
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