Prostitution stings result in several men charged | Crime & Courts

Several local men were criminally charged Tuesday after a prostitution sting last month.

A Massachusetts man arrested after a sting Monday also was charged.

Michael Okhman Jr., 20; Abdirizak Abdullahi Abdi, 32; Xavier John Davis, 32; Channing Prescott Tipton, 24; and Phonekeo Daoheuang, 32, all of Rochester, and Thomas Christopher Moccia, 32, of Zumbrota, were charged with one count of patronage of prostitution in a public place, a gross misdemeanor.

Daoheuang also was charged with one count of giving a peace officer a false name, a misdemeanor.

The men all are scheduled to make their first appearance Feb. 1 in Olmsted County District Court.

Their cases all began Nov. 20, when Rochester police officers placed an ad on a website that contains a section for adult services. Members of the local street crimes unit often monitor the site and place false ads to target people involved in prostitution or respond to ads placed by others.

According to the criminal complaints against them, the men all responded to the ad via text message throughout the day and arranged to come to the hotel room, where they were arrested.

Okhman was arrested about 10:30 a.m.; he allegedly admitted he'd contacted the ad and was talking with someone about "having sex." Okhman told an investigator it was the second time he'd responded to an ad, the report says.

Abdi responded to the ad about 7 a.m.; after his arrest, he said he came to the hotel just to "talk and have fun." He denied talking about sex with the girl and said he didn't come to the hotel to hire a prostitute. A search of his wallet revealed $127 in cash; the text messages between Abdi and the officer reportedly discussed a "date" would cost $120.

Davis was arrested about noon. He declined to give a statement to police, though his text messages allegedly indicated he'd agreed to pay $180 for an hour with the officer.

Tipton was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21 as he walked into the hotel; he initially said he was just looking to "meet up with someone and hang out." When confronted with the details of his text conversation, Tipton allegedly admitted he agreed to pay the girl $200 for sex.

Daoheuang was arrested about 1:15 p.m. Nov. 20; he allegedly identified himself as "Fay Daoheuan" before admitting his real name. Daoheuang was carrying $280 in cash, the report says, and "made unprovoked statements that he didn't do anything, and he was just there to meet a girl." His texts indicated he and the officer discussed a price of $180 for an hour of sex, plus more for unprotected sex, the complaint says.

Moccia was arrested about 9:30 a.m. Nov. 20; he reportedly told the investigator what he did was "stupid," and he just wanted to "try it once." Moccia brought a condom and $120 in cash with him, the complaint says, and admitted he was at the hotel to pay someone for sex.

A similar sting conducted Monday resulted in a text conversation between the undercover officer and Todd Richard Bosell, 57, of Marble Head, Mass.

He was arrested about 1:15 p.m. at the hotel but declined to give a statement to police. The text conversation indicated Bosell planned to pay $160 for an hour of sex, the complaint says.

Bosell made his first court appearance Tuesday, was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Dec. 19.