Savage, MN

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

Savage is a suburban city of almost 32,000 residents, located 15 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis in Scott County, Minnesota. Prostitution has been documented in the city, resulting in complaints to law enforcement. For example, a local woman was arrested for prostitution in February 2015 after her ex-husband reported to police that she was soliciting prostitution and he was worried she was bringing strangers to her home for sex while his children were present.

Local law enforcement has not made a concerted effort to address demand in the city, but at least one case had resulted in consequences for sex buying. Identity disclosure and loss of employment are consequence of buying sex that have occurred in the city. For example, in May 2022, the Eagle Ridge Middle School Principal in Savage resigned after being caught attempting to buy sex with a minor in a web-based reverse sting in St. Louis Park. He responded to an online ad and then attempted to meet someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl, but who was actually an undercover officer, for sex. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 confirmed that the man would not be returning to work after his arrest and approved his resignation a week later. The Savage Police Department released a statement confirming they were aware of the arrest but did not know of any complaints or allegations related to the former principal occurring within the City of Savage, and asked anyone with information to contact the police department. In September, 2022, the offender, now described as the “former south metro principal,” pleaded guilty to one count of the prostitution of an individual believed to be aged 13 to 16. The man’s position with the school was terminated, and he was replaced.  Under the plea agreement, the sex buyer must serve 30 just days at a workhouse and 30 more days in a “sent to service” program. He received four days of credit for time served. He was also order to complete a psychosexual evaluation and follow any resulting recommendations. Additionally, his internet usage will be monitored, and he is ordered to have no contact with minors during probation. If he violates the conditions of his probation, he faces up to three years in prison.

Key Partners

  • Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools
  • Eagle Ridge Middle School
  • St. Louis Park Police Department
State Minnesota
Type City
Population 31758
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