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Six-Year-Old Case From Prostitution Sting Resolved

A six-year-old case stemming from a July 2008 prostitution sting operation has been resolved in Fulton County Western District Court.

Joseph S. Preventowski, 57, who has a Temperance, Mich., address, pled guilty to an amended charge of disorderly conduct on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

He was fined $150 and assessed $77 costs.

He and 10 other men were initially charged with solicitation after being arrested at the Arrowhead Motel, near the Wauseon turnpike interchange.

FCSD deputies placed an ad on the Internet offering sexual activity; arrangements were made for an undercover female deputy to meet the men at the motel.

Suspects met the officer in one room; in a nearby room, other deputies waited until a price had been agreed upon before moving in and making the arrest.

Preventowski entered a not-guilty plea, and was set free on $500 bond.

He failed to appear for an April 2009 pre-trial conference, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

There was no further activity in Preventowski’s case until August, when he was stopped in another Ohio county on an alleged traffic offense, said Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney.

Officers conducting the traffic stop discovered the 2009 warrant, and placed him under arrest.

Another individual posted a $5,000 cash bond on Thursday, Aug. 14, for Preventowski’s release, before the public hearing.

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