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Photos released in Romeoville prostitution hotel sting

Romeoville police released photos of the 10 men who were arrested in connection with an undercover prostitution sting they conducted at Extended Stay America hotel. Each of the men was photographed while holding a board inscribed with their name, address and the day they were arrested at the 1225 Lakeview Drive hotel.

It’s not clear how or why the operation was conducted. Romeoville Deputy Police Chief Steven Lucchesi did not return a call and message Tuesday afternoon. Romeoville Mayor John Noak failed to respond to a call.

One of the arrested men, Shahrukh Khan, 28, of Aurora, claimed that he went to the hotel after his friends paid for him to receive a lap dance as part of a bachelor party for his June wedding.

Khan claimed that he went to the hotel room by himself, knocked on the door and saw officers inside. The officers walked him into the room, read him his rights and told him he violated a local ordinance, he said.

Khan said he doesn’t recall seeing a woman in the room but does remember alcohol and other items he believes were placed to “make it seem like someone was there.”

Khan declined to answer further questions about the incident.

The other men who have been arrested as part of the sting:

• Nino Barker, 28, of Bolingbrook

• Erik Millan, 34, of Hanover Park

• Paul Kaminsky, 24, of Yorkville

• Thomas Ocheltree, 48, of Bloomington

• Michael Pry, 39, of Aurora

• Sambit Mohanty, 37, of Naperville

• Nasser Mohamed, 31, of Oak Lawn

• Vasilios A. Kaiteris, 42, of Palatine

• John B. Akins, 41, of Bolingbrook

All of the men were charged with violating a village ordinance that states that soliciting a prostitute occurs when the accused offers a person who is not his spouse money, property or something of value to perform an act of sexual penetration, or touching and fondling of sexual organs for arousal and gratification.

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