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SHERIFF’S POLICE ARREST MAN FOR PROMOTING PROSTITUTION

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Friday, April 17, 2015 —Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today that a 33-year-old man has been charged with promoting prostitution after members of the Sheriff’s Police Special Operations unit arrested him during an undercover operation.

Claudell ArringtonClaudell Arrington, of the 700 block of W. Vermont Street in Chicago, received a $10,000 bond during a hearing today at the Bridgeview Courthouse.

Arrington was arrested on Wednesday, April 15, at a hotel in Alsip where he believed he was receiving proceeds from a woman he recruited to prostitute for him. The woman, however, was an undercover Sheriff’s Police officer and the sexual acts were fictitious.

On April 15, Arrington, according to the Sheriff’s Police investigation, had provided her with a hotel room and posted ads on the escorts section of Backpage.com about her.

According to the investigation, Arrington contacted the officer last month through a Backpage.com ad that had been posted for a previous undercover operation targeting Johns.

Since 2007, Sheriff’s Police have made approximately 50 arrests for promoting prostitution, human trafficking or involuntary servitude.

Sheriff’s Police have arrested more than 780 people through Backpage.com since 2009.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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