Following Prostitution Sting: Details

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Following the prostitution sting questions are now surfacing.

For instance why is prostitution classified as a misdemeanor?

And why were only the workers arrested?

Rebecca Brumfield has been following this story.

Just to give you some perspective.

A misdemeanor charge is less than a felony.

Some misdemeanor charges include, petty theft, vandalism, public intoxication, and reckless driving.

The time for the crime? No more than a year.

A misdemeanor charge can result in a monetary fine and up to one full year in jail, with up to two years probation.

But what does that do to a person’s permanent record?

A legal expert says  it won’t really take away any civil rights, but it can hinder a professional career.

“Charges are just allegations that anyone that is accused of a crime is considered innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law,” says Chief Deputy Prosecutor Robert Roberts. 
 
A misdemeanor can be expunged from your record, but the process varies from state to state.

Here in Indiana, an individual who wants to legally destroy the record, must petition the court where he or she was accused of the crime.

The next question is why weren’t any of the clients arrested?

“Any information we get, we always follow up with it and we see where it goes,” says Chief Deputy John Moats. “And if anything would develop, then the investigation will continue.”

The four women were arrested and released on their own recognizance.

The investigation also led to seizure of all property and all the businesses have been shut down.

Investigators say they have a lingering concern, that human trafficking could be involved in this case.

During today’s the press conference, officials made it very clear that this is an ongoing investigation.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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