Three men arrested during a six-week prostitution sting in Superior last fall were ordered to attend “John School.”
Michael John Larson, 46, of Iron River, Eric Joseph Oakman, 50, of Britt, Minn. and Jared John Fiege, 27, of Duluth all pleaded guilty or no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court to misdemeanor prostitution charges.
In each case, the men entered into a deferred judgment of conviction agreement. As a condition of the agreements, the men were ordered to schedule and complete a $750 “John School” course offered through the St. Paul-based organization Breaking Free. The restorative justice course addresses the underlying attitudes and assumptions that encourage offenders to participate in prostitution, according to the organization’s website.
If the men finish the course by the fall, pay $250 in fines and abide by the agreement for a year, the District Attorney’s Office will move the court to amend the charges to county ordinance disorderly conduct charge with no further penalties.
According to the criminal complaints, the men responded to a Backpage.com ad placed by the Superior Police Department and arranged a meeting at a Superior hotel.
An undercover female police officer met them at the hotel where they offered money for sex.
Another man arrested during the prostitution enforcement action, Neil Robert Erickson, 37, of Wrenshall, Minn., pleaded guilty to prostitution-sexual contact in January; he was fined $505.
Brian David Asmus, 61, of Duluth appeared in court Friday and Michael Paul Sclavi, 31, of Superior has his next court appearance June 6.
Two women and seven men were arrested as a result of the investigation, conducted by the Superior Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Duluth Police Department and Lake Superior Drug and Gang Task Force.