Liu is expected to face one count of prostitution in a public place, a gross misdemeanor, Snyder said.
Fourteen men -- including residents of Woodbury, St.
Paul Park and Cottage Grove, as well as Hudson, Wis.
-- were charged after multiple prostitution stings, the most recent of which occurred on Monday and Tuesday, Sept.
21-22, at a Woodbury gas station and the largest of which took place Thursday, Sept. The Lake Elmo city attorney expects to charge a 15th person, a woman, with gross misdemeanor prostitution in a public place. Six of the remaining 13 men charged after the prostitution sting at the Red Roof Inn made recent appearances in Washington County District Court. Paul Park and Woodbury were also among those charged Friday, Sept. Charged with engagement in prostitution of a 16- or 17-year-old were: Kevin Michael Aylward, 59, of Burnsville; Gordon Patrick Jones, 33, of Clayton, Wis.; and Kyle Michael Segermark, 21, of Gem Lake.
Chad Allen Schroeder, 43, of Minneapolis was charged with hiring a minor to engage in sexual conduct after he was arrested at a local gas station, which was unnamed in the court complaint but located along Eagle Creek Lane according to Washington County jail records. Charged with hiring a minor to engage in sexual conduct were: Nathan John Mravinc, 35, of Hudson, Wis.; Luis Angel Ponce, 20, of Cottage Grove; and Paul Dean Skaggs, 50, of Martha, Ky.
In regard to a 2014 sting at the Red Roof Inn, involving similar and ads, seven men were charged with agreeing to hire a 14-year-old to engage in sexual conduct, including: Benjamin Charles Beery, 37, of Mounds View; Brent Allen Fredrickson, 38, of Eagan; Christopher Scott Henderson, 29, of Champlin; Ryan Brook Meredith, 33, of Woodbury; Brian Patrick O'Boyle, 34, of St.
Paul Park; Michael Leonard Tallman, 30, of Coon Rapids; Ian Laurence Walford, 35, of Lake Elmo.
Charges against a woman, Yuanfen Liu, are pending with Lake Elmo City Attorney Dave Snyder’s office.
It is unclear how or if Liu’s case relates to the others. According to the complaints: Those who replied to law enforcement’s Backpage ads exchanged text messages with an undercover police officer decoy.