Mount Zion, IL

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Mount Zion is a village of almost 6,000 residents in central Illinois, located in Macon County roughly 50 miles east of Springfield. Prostitution has been documented in the village.

At least one opportunistic sex buyer arrest has occurred in the village. In March 2011, the Morton village Public Works Superintendent was arrested for allegedly traveling in a village vehicle to solicit paid sex from a Mount Zion woman who faced prostitution charges. According to a sworn statement from the Decatur Police Department, the man was driving a village vehicle and on duty when he drove slowly past the Mount Zion woman’s home shortly after she was arrested as part of an undercover investigation by the department’s Street Crimes Unit. Mount Zion police made a traffic stop on the vehicle and the man admitted to Decatur police he planned to pay the woman $200 for sex, as he had done on two previous occasions, and admitted that he had just arrived for an appointment to purchase sex with her. He was arrested and charged with solicitation and official misconduct. In July 2011, it was reported that the man was facing two charges of official misconduct and one charge of attempting to patronize a prostitute in Macon County Court. The sex buyer’s identity was released to the press and he resigned from his position as Morton‘s Public Works Superintendent following his arrest.

Key Partners

  • Mount Zion Police Department
  • Decatur Police Department
State Illinois
Type City
Population 5707
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