Solicitation for the purpose of prostitution is not a common citation in the town of Estes Park. However, last Friday was an exception. On September 10, Estes Park police officers summoned and released five men for soliciting prostitution.
The men involved included Bryce Tychsen, 45, of Berthoud, Colo., Terrence Neville, 63, of Loveland, Colo., Alex Rodriguez, 25, of Loveland, Colo., And Scott Schneider, 65. from Estes Park and Ilkhom Ismoilkhujaev, 27, from Estes Park.
The quotes took place between 12:36 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. in the 1600 block of Big Thompson Ave.
It is an offense under Colorado law to solicit a prostitute in Colorado. A conviction for a first solicitation offense in this state carries a fine of $ 50 to $ 750 and / or jail of up to six months.
Today, the city and the police department released the following statement on the quotes:
“As a destination community close to major cities, Estes Park is a potential location for prostitution and sex trafficking. Prostitution is often viewed as a victimless crime, but it can involve sexual exploitation and is often accompanied by additional criminal activity.
On 9/10/2021, Estes Park Police Officers conducted an anti-prostitution and sex trafficking operation with assistance from the Avery Center, Loveland Police Department, Police Department of Longmont, Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers, and forensic investigators from the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. The objective of the operation was to name individuals who solicited prostitutes. Similar operations have taken place in other communities in northern Colorado.
During the operation, undercover agents were contacted by more than 350 potential buyers who were inquiring about prostitution services in Estes Park. Estes Park police officers arrested five men who were cited for solicitation into prostitution and released. “