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Minnesota “Nice Guys” not so nice

Posted in Misc Crime July 13th, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

In a recent article in the Star Tribune, reports on prosecutors investigating “johns” in a major Twin Cities prostitution ring. All the johns, about 30 alleged clients, were business professionals and prosecutors say they won’t be getting any special treatment.

The article goes on to say that, the “johns” knew they were doing wrong but had a compulsion and really tried to stop. The prostitutes also knew they were doing wrong and wanted to get out, but they all needed the money. Do you believe their sob stories? Obviously the prosecutors didn’t.

John St. Marie who was a former assistant Hennepin County attorney is alleged to have run the Nice Guys prostitution ring. The county attorney is expected to consider possible felony charges against John St. Marie. It’s also possible that a portion of the case could be turned over to the U.S. attorney’s office for consideration of federal charges tied to interstate elements of the prostitution.

The Nice Guys was not your typical sex ring. All of the johns were in their early 40s to mid 60s and communicated via email. They called themselves Nice Guys because they had clean backgrounds, regarded themselves as trustworthy and didn’t mistreat the women. However, when the prostitution ring turned to employing illegal immigrant women, that’s when law enforcement got into the act.

Prosecutors are looking to charge John St. Marie with felony charges and possibly part of the case could be turned over to the U.S. attorney’s office for consideration of federal charges tied to interstate trafficking of prostitution.

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