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14 arrested in sex trafficking sting at Gurnee-area hotel

The sting used phony online ads selling prostitution and directed the men to a hotel in the area.

The Lake County sheriff’s office announced on Feb. 5, 2020, that more than a dozen men were arrested on sex solicitation charges at a hotel near Gurnee.
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Fourteen men were arrested in a multi-day sex trafficking sting at a Gurnee-area hotel in the north suburbs.

The Lake County sheriff’s office announced the arrests Wednesday as part of a national operation targeting the consumers of prostitution, known as “Johns,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The sting used phony online ads selling prostitution and directed the men to a hotel in the Gurnee area, where they were arrested by undercover officers, the sheriff’s office said.

”Many of the individuals selling sex are not doing so willingly, a large number are being forced into involuntary servitude,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

In the last decade, the nation-wide anti-human trafficking effort has led to more than 10,000 arrests.

In Cook County, undercover officers arrested 157 men in a similar operation.

The arrests in the Gurnee-area hotel include:

  • Salvador Vicario, 61, of North Chicago
  • Gregory D. Pahl, 53, of Twin Lakes, WI
  • Carlos Reyes-Velez, 36, of Beach Park
  • Mark K. Volpe, 62, of Highwood
  • Steven P. Wilt, 62, of Gurnee
  • Pedro Mendez-Gonzalez, 51, of Waukegan
  • Timothy D. Christian, 37, of Waukegan
  • Gustavo A. Cornelio-Garcia, 25, of Zion
  • Roger C. Jimdar, 31, of Kenosha, WI
  • John Powell, 38, of Waukegan
  • Sean A. O’Reilly, 43, of Greendale, WI
  • Jay Sawyer, 58, of Glenview
  • Kyle E. Macgibbon, 59, of Libertyville
  • Gregory J. Mason, 53, of Spring Grove