Wauseon, OH

Tactics Used

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

Wauseon is a city of approximately 7,500 residents, located 30 miles west of Toledo in Fulton County, Ohio. In 2008, a two-day web sting resulted in the arrest of 10 johns. The operation was conducted at a hotel on State Route 108 in Wauseon (there are three motels and a truck stop at Exit 34, the Ohio Turnpike interchange at St. Rt. 108).  Reports of prostitution in the area’s motels were received from confidential informants.  Based on that information, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office launched an undercover operation.  An ad for sexual activity was posted online. Arrangements were made for an undercover female officer to meet men at the Arrowhead Motel; motel owners cooperated with the operation.  It was reportedly the first prostitution sting conducted in the area in over 24 years. All of the johns’ names, ages, and addresses were publicized by the local media. Among those arrested, FCSO records indicate five were married.  The men faced a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, if convicted.

State Ohio
Type City
Population 7278
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