La Crosse Police arrested five men in a prostitution sting, including a La Crosse County Board Supervisor.
The La Crosse Police Department conducted the sting at the Brookstone Inn, 1830 Rose Street, Monday afternoon.
The men arrested were identified as, Bill Brockmiller, 48, of La Crosse; Jon Hage, 43, of West Salem; Brian Marking, 42, of Lake City, Minn.; Brian Selke, 42, of La Crescent; and Spenser Nickelatti, 25, of Holmen.
All five men were release from jail on $200 bonds.
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An ad was placed on the website backpage.com for the sting.
"There was basically a proposition to get together for companionship and then there was also some kind of provocative pictures on there also," said La Crosse Police Lt. Patrick Hogan.
Each of the men showed up at the location at different times between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday.
"We basically had one female undercover officer that was in the room. And the suspect would come make contact with that person. And once there was a proposition for sex for money, then the suspect was placed under arrest," said Hogan.
Brockmiller was one of those men. He is a La Crosse County Board Supervisor representing District 11. Brockmiller is also President of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO serving as a Labor Market Analyst/Economist.
"There are no excuses. It's unexcusable actions. But I've had extreme personal baggage over the last six months. And the deaths of both of my parents within the last 12 months has thrown me for a loop. But, again, there are no real excuses. There just aren't," said Brockmiller.
But Brockmiller said it's not the first time he has solicited a prostitute. "I did it once, decades ago," said Brockmiller.
He said he's not sure yet how his arrest will affect his leadership positions with the county or the AFL-CIO. He encourages his constituents to contact him directly with any questions or concerns.
"To even be in such a situation was very stupid. I take full responsibility for my actions and I am really disappointed in myself," said Brockmiller.
Interim La Crosse Police Chief Abraham stated, "The police department will continue to dedicate resources to prostitution because it poses significant public health issues and quality-of-life issues in the community. We are aware of other crimes that are being committed as a result of prostitution including robberies, batteries, sexual assaults and drug related offenses, most of which go unreported do to the victim being involved in prostitution. Investigation into prostitution activity is on-going, and more arrests could happen."
An initial court hearing for all five men will be on Thursday, September 6th at 1:30 p.m.