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Press Release-Chantilly Exclusive Indictments


Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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August 28th, 2019

State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a Grand Jury has returned indictments against dozens of individuals that were charged last week after a lengthy investigation at two Rockford lingerie establishments.  

 The Rockford Police Department received information regarding alleged illegal commercial sex trade happening at two locations on 7th Street. After an investigation over several months, Detectives executed search warrants at the Chantilly Lace (106 7th Street) and Exclusive Lingerie Boutique (77 7th Street) on May 23rd, 2019. Code violations were noted at both businesses and as a result, the businesses were shut down. Multiple items were seized and several adult female employees were detained for questioning. The follow up investigation has been reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and charges were authorized against 27 men and one female. All 28 individuals were recently indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury. There are still arrest warrants out for five of the men who were indicted in this case.

 

Peggy D. Smith (DOB: 10/23/1961) was indicted on 12 counts of Promoting a Place of Prostitution.  Smith is scheduled to be arraigned at 9am on October 1st, 2019, in front of the Honorable Judge Joseph McGraw in Courtroom A of the Winnebago County Justice Center.   

 

David A. Babler (DOB: 12/1/1942) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Denis T. Mabie (DOB: 1/21/1942) was indicted on one counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act.He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9am on October 1st, 2019, in front of the Honorable Judge Joseph McGraw in Courtroom A of the Winnebago County Justice Center.  

 

Donald L. Davis (DOB: 9/14/1946) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Garelt S. Stahl (DOB: 4/9/1944) was indicted on three counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and two counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Harry L. Nebergall (DOB: 1/19/1962) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Howard A. Richmond (DOB: 12/26/1965) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

James Athans (DOB: 9/30/1938) was indicted on three counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and two counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

James F. Thomason (DOB: 3/6/1950) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Javier E. Saavedra (DOB: 10/27/1973) was indicted on four counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and two counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Larry J. Flynn (DOB: 6/25/1952) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Dr. Larry O. Sy (DOB: 1/20/1964) was indicted on three counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and three counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Dr. Mark K. Myers (DOB: 12/27/1966) was indicted on four counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and two counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Michael J. Aberle (DOB: 8/6/1945) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

            Robert H. Mathison (DOB: 11/17/1943) was indicted on four counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and two counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Roger M. Miller (DOB: 8/6/1942) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Ronald F. Larson, Jr. (DOB: 2/17/1955) was indicted on five counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and three counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Ryan T. McMahon (DOB: 8/20/1973) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and two counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9am on October 1st, 2019, in front of the Honorable Judge Joseph McGraw in Courtroom A of the Winnebago County Justice Center.  

 

Scott Sutker (DOB: 3/31/1963) was indicted on four counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and two counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on September 3rd, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Steven M. Haas (DOB: 4/25/1952) was indicted on four counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and two counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Hector Alvarez (DOB: 12/14/1961) was indicted on one count of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act.  He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9am on October 1st, 2019, in front of the Honorable Judge Joseph McGraw in Courtroom A of the Winnebago County Justice Center.  

 

Tyson S. Fettes (DOB: 10/3/1985) was indicted on four counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and two counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Raul Pena (DOB: 1/7/1967) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:00pm on August 29th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

 

Bruce C. Wanke (DOB: 8/29/1947) was indicted on four counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and two counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act.Currently there is a warrant out for Wanke’s arrest.

 

Tom Fields (DOB: 9/20/1964) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act. Currently there is a warrant out for Fields’ arrest.

 

 Randy N. Fox (DOB: 9/10/1964) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act.Currently there is a warrant out for Fox’s arrest.

 

Robert E. Von Bergen (DOB: 6/10/1967) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and two counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act.Currently there is a warrant out for Von Bergen’s arrest.

 

Martin G. Bertagnoli (DOB: 6/12/1950) was indicted on two counts of Patronizing a Prostitute and one count of Solicitation of a Sexual Act.Currently there is a warrant out for Bertagnoli’s arrest.

 

Wanke, Fields, Fox, Von Bergen and Bertagnoli have yet to be arrested on these warrants and they are still at large. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department at (779) 500-6551 or Crime Stoppers (815) 963-7867.

 

Patronizing a Prostitute is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of either probation or 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Solicitation of a Sexual Act is a Class A Misdemeanor that is punishable by a sentence of either probation or up to one year in the Winnebago County Jail.

 

The charges are merely allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.

CONTACT PERSON:

Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman

815-319-4725

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