Undercover St. Louis area sex sting nets 14 for attemps to patronize prostitutes

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Several law enforcement agencies in the St. Louis area have announced arrests of 14 men for suspicion of patronizing prostitutes. The FBI and police in St. Louis County,  Maryland Heights, Bridgeton and St. Charles say that these men contacted undercover officers.  The suspects were interested in paying for sex from potential trafficking victims.

The sting was conducted at several locations in St. Louis County and St. Charles County between Monday, June 19, 2017 and Thursday, June 22, 2017.  Five handguns, suspected meth, and marijuana were seized.

Police say the suspects facing charges of patronizing prostitution are:

  1. Jeffrey Pautz, 54, arrested in Maryland Heights.
  2. John Lyerla, 43,arrested in Maryland Heights.
  3. Rashad Ross, 27, arrested in Maryland Heights.
  4. Daniel Barton, 35, arrested in St. Charles County.
  5. Jacob Livingston, 22, arrested in St. Charles County.
  6. Zhiyu Yang, 25,arrested in St. Charles County.
  7. Sandy Mills, 36, arrested in St. Charles County.
  8. Jeffrey Hamlett, arrested in St. Charles County.
  9. Keith Murphy, 39,arrested in St. Charles County.
  10. Craig Darrah Jr., 52, arrested in St. Charles County.
  11. Jonathan Chai, 27, arrested in St. Louis County.
  12. Stephen Sucher, 62,  arrested in St. Louis County.
  13. Joe Hayes, 39, arrested in St. Louis County.
  14.  Robert Bennett, 48,  arrested in St. Louis County.
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