June 28, 2016

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Brunswick man pleads not guilty for alleged participation in prostitution ring

A Brunswick man pleaded not guilty Monday in court after being arrested Thursday during a raid on alleged prostitution ring in Norwalk.



The prostitution sting was set up by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office after deputies had arrested Douglas Lucas, 53, of Greenwich, on Sept. 1 and charged him with managing a brothel.

John Christopher Kemper, 52, pleaded not guilty to solicitation charges in Huron County Court through his attorney. He is accused of being among dozens who responded to requests from an undercover agent working through a website run by Lucas, of Greenwich, who was allegedly running a prostitution ring out of his home.

Also arrested in the case was Firelands High School (Huron County) head football coach Todd Allen Pooch, who has been placed on administrative leave after he was charged Thursday with soliciting a prostitute.

Lucas’ arrest spurred an investigation into the alleged prostitution ring that led to Pooch and Kemper being apprehended at the Norwalk hotel where they were allegedly trying to engage in sex with an undercover agent posing as a prostitute.

Huron County sheriff’s Capt. Ted Patrick has said the motel room was littered with items such as a dog cage, dog collar, dog bowls, straps tied to the bed posts and other items requested by the men.

Neither Pooch nor Kemper has a criminal history, according to police officials. They were both released Friday from Huron County Jail on $3,000 bond.

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