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Forum staff reports, Published August 12 2009

Two cited for soliciting in Moorhead prostitution sting

MOORHEAD - Two men are accused of soliciting sexual acts for money in an undercover prostitution sting, Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said.

After police placed a classified ad in The Forum for adult entertainment, the two men called the number, which was answered by an undercover female officer, and arranged meetings with her, Jacobson said.

In separate incidents, the men attempted to pay the undercover officer for sexual acts at a south Moorhead hotel in late July, he said.

David Greff, 59, of Fargo, and Loren Richard Coyer, 45, of Eagle Bend, Minn., were cited for solicitation of prostitution, a misdemeanor. Greff and Coyer do not have listed phone numbers.

Jacobson said there has been “great debate” in the community about why police pursue what some view as decisions made by consenting adults. He said police target prostitution because it’s often associated with drug abuse, assault, abuse and extortion.

He cited one recent example in which a Moor-head dancer was accused of extorting a Lutheran pastor who had previously paid her for sex.

“So, it isn’t a victimless crime, even when they are consenting, because there’s variables that happen,” he said.