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Madelia man gets probation, 5 days jail in prostitution case

November 8, 2016 GMT

NEW ULM - A 56-year-old Madelia man convicted of misdemeanor prostitution was sentenced to five days in jail or Sentence to Service, and fined $985 in Brown County District Court Nov. 3.

John T. Doucette was originally charged with gross misdemeanor prostitution in a public place in October 2015. He was among seven suspects arrested in online prostitution sting operations in New Ulm and St. Peter conducted by the Brown and Nicollet County Sheriff’s Offices, New Ulm and St. Peter Police, and the Mankato Department of Public Safety.

Doucette agreed to pay for sex acts after responding to website ads and agreeing to a specific fee. He was arrested at a local motel, according to court doucments.

Law enforcement used the Internet to prose as prostitutes that suspects agreed to trade sex or sexual acts for money.

Doucette’s fine included a $500 prostitution assessment that will be distributed to law enforcement to help prevent sex trafficking. Eighty-five days of a 90-day jail sentence were stayed for 1 year unsupervised probation. Doucette can perform 5 days Sentence to Service in lieu of jail time, which must be completed within 6 months. In addition, $185 that was taken the day of the offense will be forfeited, according to court documents.