Sidney, OH

Tactics Used

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

Sidney is a small city of roughly 21,000 residents, located south of Lima in west-central Ohio’s Shelby County. Among its efforts to reduce prostitution in the community, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has conducted at least one reverse sting. In December 2014, SCSO deputies and officers from the Dayton Police Department placed a decoy advertisement to a website known for commercial sex sales. A female undercover agent then arranged to meet the men who replied to the listing at a local motel. Three johns were arrested and charged with solicitation as a result; all of their names, ages, and home addresses were publicized by local press outlets. Notably, two of the offenders were also charged with “possession of criminal tools.”

Key Partners

  • Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dayton Police Department
  • Sidney Police Department

Key Sources

State Ohio
Type City
Population 21229
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