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Seven arrested in Rochester prostitution sting

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

Seven men are arrested after Rochester police set up a prostitution sting.

Police said they posted an ad, on Monday, for a prostitute on backpage.com that garnered responses from seven men. The ad featured a picture of a woman in lingerie with a caption that read "No cheap guys."

Throughout the day, police took the men into custody at an undisclosed business after they arrived expecting to meet the prostitute.

The men are:

  • 57-year-old Todd Bowell, of Marblehead, Massachusetts
  • 44-year-old Ricardo Rivas, of Mantorville 
  • 37-year-old Timothy Vonneupert, of New Prague
  • 39-year-old Nicholas Severson, of Pine Island
  • 31-year-old James Bacon, of Pine Island
  • 32-year-old Alhourani Rakan, of Rochester
  • 66-year-old Richard Herting, of Fort Meyers, Florida.

All seven are being charged with a gross misdemeanor. 

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