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Nine arrested in undercover sex trade sting in Rockford

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Top, Left to Right: Ulysses Alexander (37), Heather Becknell (48), Jerome Drain (33), Andre Lee (37), Al Maher (34)
Bottom, Left to Right: Abel Mauricio-Martinez (31), Amber Morgan (23), Jarvis Simpson (24), Brandon Tisby (21)

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — An undercover sting in Rockford nets eight arrests on Thursday for solicitation of a sexual act.

Rockford police patrol officers along with SCOPE officers were targeting people trying to purchase sex.

The operation is part of the department’s “end demand” approach to combating street-level commercial sex trade.

The arrests are:

Andre Lee, 37, Rockford: solicitation of a sexual act

Amber Morgan 23, Rockford: solicitation of a sexual act

Jerome Drain, 33, Palatine, Ill.: solicitation of a sexual act

Jarvis Simpson 24, Rockford: solicitation of a sexual act

Brandon Tisby, 21, Rockford: solicitation of a sexual act

Ulysses Alexander, 37, Rockford: solicitation of a sexual act

Abel Mauricio-Martinez, 31, Rockford: solicitation of a sexual act

Al Maher, 34, Rockford: solicitation of a sexual act

Heather Becknell, 48, Rockford: probation violation (warrant)

Along with these arrests, five vehicles were also impounded.


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