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Bryan Horwath, Forum News Service, Published March 07 2013

Five charged in Medora prostitution case

DICKINSON, N.D. - Five people - all from outside North Dakota - have been charged in connection with a January incident involving an alleged prostitute in Medora.

John Bartek, 29, and David Hewitt, 24, both of Rock Springs, Wyo., along with Eric Boord, 36, of Castle Rock, Colo., Alfred Lupo, 60, of Evans, Colo., and Byron Hosey, 48, of Jackson, Miss., have been charged with criminal conspiracy to hire an individual to engage in sexual activity, according to a release from the Medora Police Department.

On Jan. 14, Medora police - with assistance from the Billings County Sheriff’s Office and the North Dakota Highway Patrol - responded to a call at a residence in Medora.

The charge is listed as a Class B misdemeanor under the North Dakota Century Code. The release states that a “complaint alleges that all agreed to hire another with the intention of engaging in sexual activity” and that a woman was “hired to come from Dickinson to Medora, where housing was provided by the company for whom they worked.”

When contacted last month, a representative with Ace Energy Services of Greeley, Colo., would neither confirm nor deny that AES employees had been involved in the Jan. 14 incident. A message left for AES was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Medora Police Chief John Bey said last month that the woman allegedly hired in the Medora incident is believed to be from Wisconsin, although no update was given on her whereabouts. The investigation determined that her “name and contact information was located online,” according to the release.