Man sentenced to 2 years of probation in police sting

Published 6:11 pm Thursday, September 28, 2017

A South Haven man arrested in a prostitution sting conducted by the Albert Lea Police Department late last year was placed on supervised probation for two years on Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Roger Melvin Petzel, 65, was sentenced to 180 days in jail — 179 days were stayed — and Petzel received credit for one day served. He was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor prostitution in a public place in May.

Roger Melvin Petzel

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Court documents state Petzel was charged after officers made contact with him Dec. 29 in a hotel room in Albert Lea after officers placed a decoy prostitution advertisement on a website reportedly known to be used for prostitution.

Court documents state Petzel agreed to pay $220 for an hour of prostitution services and an additional $50 for additional services.

The two other people who were arrested in the prostitution sting were sentenced earlier this year.

Randall Richard Grilz was placed on probation for two years — one supervised, one unsupervised — last month. Kurt Allen Roderick was placed on unsupervised probation for one year last week.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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