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15 arrested in Sioux City prostitution sting
Sioux City prostitution sting

15 arrested in Sioux City prostitution sting

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SIOUX CITY | More than a dozen men were charged with soliciting prostitution in a sweep made Wednesday and Thursday by the Sioux City Police Department.

Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick said the department conducts stings periodically for vice crimes such as prostitution. He said it is a problem the department is trying to address. Most sweeps result in fewer arrests, typically about five.

Kirkpatrick would not specify where the prostitution sweep was conducted in the city.

Soliciting prostitution is an aggravated misdemeanor. All those charged had been released from jail by Friday. Many were from Siouxland, while some were from other states.

Those arrested were Johan Funk, of Storm Lake, Iowa; Nicholas Schultzen, of Moville, Iowa; David Karlen, of DeSmet, S.D.; Joseph Reiser, of Vermillion, S.D.; Lynn Garrels, of Sac City, Iowa; Mark Myron, of Vermillion, S.D.; Cesar Medina-Rodriguez, of Sioux City; Jayson Dowell, of Sioux City; James Walling, of Inwood, Iowa; Patrick Grace, of Sioux City; Phillip Merriman, of Jackson, Neb.; Heath Coburn, of Marcus, Iowa; Anthony Denato, of Memphis, Tenn; Hilario Ramirez, of Sioux City; and Michael Hakeneis, of Laurel, Neb.

In a statement released late Friday morning, Jim Tschann, president of Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools, said Grace was offensive coordinator for the Heelan football team from 2011 to 2014. Tschann said Grace served no other roles for the school system.

"He is currently not employed or engaged by the Bishop Heelan school system in any capacity," Tschann said in a statement.

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