Joint Investigation Leads to 11 Arrests
Sheriff Joe Kennedy, (563) 589-4406
Interim Chief Jeremy Jensen, (563) 589-4444
February 9, 2022 -- For Immediate Release
DUBUQUE, Iowa – On February 8th and February 9th, 2022, the Dubuque Police Department, Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol conducted a joint operation targeting human trafficking through prostitution in the Dubuque area. Investigators posted ads on websites often utilized for prostitution. The below individuals responded to the ads and arranged a meeting with the undercover officer(s) at Mainstay Suites 1275 Associates Dr. to purchase sex acts in exchange for money.
Thank you to Mainstay Suites for your partnership in our continued effort to curb human trafficking.
The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges are possible.
Charges filed on February 8, 2022
Jordan Watkins, 38, of Bellevue, IA- Prostitution
Timothy Griffin, 32, of Dickeyville, WI- Prostitution, Possession of a Controlled Substance (two counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and served a Probation Violation arrest warrant
Craig Mason, 57, Stoughton, WI- Prostitution
Vincent Hanson, 59, of Dubuque, IA- Prostitution
Timothy McAndrews, 57, of Dubuque, IA- Prostitution
Joshua Vondran, 40, of Epworth, IA- Prostitution
Charges filed on February 9, 2022
Kevin Bockenstedt, 41, Sherril, IA- Prostitution
Ryan Besler, 21, Farley, IA- Prostitution and Interference with Official Acts
Timothy Murphy, 55, Peosta, IA- Prostitution
Kevin Stanton, 63, Cuba City, WI- Prostitution
Randy Wedewer, 60, Epworth, IA-Prostitution
Prostitution is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years of imprisonment.
Possession of a controlled substance is a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year of imprisonment.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail.
Interference with Official Acts is a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail.
As with any criminal case, the charges filed are allegations and any suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117 or 563-588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at www.cityofdubuque.org/police or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at www.cityofdubuque.org/MyDBQ.
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