EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally showed that four men were arrested and charged. Two of those men have since had their charges dismissed by prosecutors and we have removed their names and mugshots from this article.
The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force, which is made up of area police departments, arrested four men following a prostitution sting in Crystal Lake.
Lawrence Allen, of Algonquin, an Algonquin man, Christopher Rios, of Elgin, and an Arlington Heights man, were all charged with solicitation of a sex act, a Class A misdemeanor.
McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally announced the arrests of the four men Friday morning. The sting took place in Crystal Lake in January as part of a nationwide initiative.
The operation was coordinated by the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force, which is made up of the Algonquin Police Department, Cary Police Department, Crystal Lake Police Department, Huntley Police Department, Illinois State Police, Lake in the Hills Police Department, McHenry City Police Department, and Woodstock Police Department.
This was the 19th annual nationwide operation of “National Johns Suppression Initiative,” authorities said. A total of 451 ‘Johns’ were arrested by law enforcement agencies across the country.
“Thank you to the police departments that participated in the Taskforce and continue to step up to combat the process of addressing this expansive problem throughout the County,” Kenneally said.
The four men were released after posting bail.