Police: Prostitute working while her children were in the home

SHARE Police: Prostitute working while her children were in the home
SHARE Police: Prostitute working while her children were in the home

A woman who offered sex for money to an undercover police officer was arrested in her northwest suburban apartment on Thursday, and her two children who were home at the time were placed with DCFS, according to police

The investigation started in October 2014, according to Woodstock police, who said they received several anonymous complaints about “suspicious activity in the apartment in the 1900 block of Sheila Street.

On Thursday morning, Woodstock police and the McHenry County sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force conducted an undercover operation in which an an undercover officer arranged to meet with 29-year-old -Sheila E. Johnston.

“Johnston agreed to perform sexual acts in exchange for money,” a statement from police said, and she was arrested.

Two of her minor children “were home at the time of the undercover operation and were taken into protective custody” and later turned over to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Johnston, who lived in the apartment, was charged with two counts of endangering the life and health of a child, and one count each of prostitution, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of cannabis, according to police. All the counts are misdemeanors.

She was released after paying $150 bail and is next due in court April 26, in Woodstock.

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