WINDOM - Criminal charges against several out-of-area men may be filed as a result of a recent organized multi-agency prostitution sting in Windom.

According to a press release from the Windom Police Department, four men were arrested April 25 on gross misdemeanor offenses after showing up at a Windom hotel with the alleged intent to purchase sex from an individual they believed to be older than 18. The suspects had allegedly engaged in sexual communications with an undercover officer prior to agreeing to meet in Windom.

The men were released Friday and will receive a complaint summons and court date from the Cottonwood County Attorney’s Office, the press release stated. It did not appear that charges had been filed by Tuesday morning.

The press release does not identify those arrested by name, but identifies their age and location. Those arrested on the gross misdemeanor offense include:

  • A 56-year-old male of Ankeny, Iowa.
  • A 35-year-old male of Palestine, Ill.
  • A 23-year-old male of Rapid City, S.D.
  • A 43-year-old of Albert Lea.

The police department reports that three additional individuals may face felony charges for sexual solicitation of children. No additional details were provided.

The Windom Police Department credited other area law enforcement agencies for assisting in the operation. Other agencies invoved in the prostitution sting include sheriffs’ offices from Cottonwood, Nobles, Rock, Pipestone, Murray and Jackson counties, police departments from Worthington and Fairmont and agents with the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force.