La Crosse County board member caught in prostitution stingWestern Wisconsin News
-- La Crosse County Board member is free on a $200 bond, after he and four other men were arrested in a prostitution sting.
LA CROSSE - A La Crosse County Board member is free on a $200 bond, after he and four other men were arrested in a prostitution sting.
Police said 48-year-old Bill Brockmiller was among those who answered an Internet ad, and went to a La Crosse hotel on Monday night where they agreed to exchange money for sex. An undercover officer arrested all five on possible misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitutes. Brockmiller represents part of La Crosse on the County Board. He’s a labor market analyst, and he’s also a regional union president in the Western Wisconsin AFL/CIO. He told the La Crosse Tribune he was dealing with quote, “extreme personal baggage” that included the deaths of his parents in the last year. But Brockmiller said there’s no excuse for his behavior, and he’ll take full responsibility for his actions. He said he has not decided whether to stay in his leadership posts but quote, “It’s obviously very much on my mind.”
All five suspects are due in court a week from tomorrow. It’s the second prostitution sting in La Crosse this year. Five women were arrested in April after they were caught advertising online. Police lieutenant Pat Hogan said the Internet has made prostitutes more accessible – and it results in other crimes like robberies that go unreported, because prostitutes are often the victims.