Man nabbed in Naperville prostitution ring sentenced

The fourth of six people who were arrested two years ago in an anti-prostitution effort conducted by Naperville police has been sentenced for his role in that matter.

Chucky L. Laster, 32, of Rockford, initially was charged with a misdemeanor count of attempted promoting of prostitution. That charge was dismissed in exchange for Laster’s plea to a charge of driving with a revoked license, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.

Associate Judge Thomas A. Else accepted Laster’s plea. Else on Wednesday sentenced him to 30 days in DuPage County Jail and placed him on a year of conditional discharge, a form of probation, records showed.

Laster was one of two men and four women arrested throughout the afternoon of April 26, 2012, at a hotel on Naperville’s northeast side that police declined to identify.

Members of the police department’s Special Operations Group for years have monitored social networking websites, where suspected prostitutes and pimps have advertised “personal services” for sale. Special Operations Group members have then arranged meetings with the suspects, typically at the motels and hotels found on Naperville’s north and northeast sides.

A police spokesman in 2012 said that was how detectives made the arrests of Laster and his associates.

Charges of prostitution were filed that day against Rachel A. Graber and Doris M. Keller, both of St. Paul, Minn.; Nicole A. James, of South Elgin; and Christine S. Obarr, of Wheaton, police said. Thomas W. Evans, of St. Paul, was charged with pandering and possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana.

Graber, now 28, was found guilty in July 2012, and ordered to perform 30 hours of public service work and spend a year on court supervision.

Obarr, 48, was convicted the following month. She was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service work, spend 18 months on supervision and pay $300 in fines and court costs.

James, now 21, initially failed to appear in court to answer the prostitution charge against her. She resurfaced later, and in July 2013 was sentenced to 120 days in DuPage County Jail, according to court records.

Keller, 37, and Evans, 24, also have failed to appear for scheduled court appearances. Judges have issued warrants for their arrests.

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