By Jim Hagerty
Police say four locations within the Winnebago County Forest Preserve were the scenes of recent sex crimes, as 10 men were arrested for public indecency, the sheriff’s department announced Thursday, Sept. 18.
Sheriff’s spokesmen said the undercover sting operation began two weeks ago, after the office received numerous reports of men soliciting sex at various forest preserve properties. Arrests were made at Espenscheid, Blackhawk Springs East, Kishwaukee Gorge and Kishwaukee River West forest preserves.
Following is a list of those arrested by undercover officers during the sting.
David Wedig, 62, of Rochelle — Espenscheid
Rodger Atkins, 60, of Beloit, Wisconsin — Espenscheid
Roy Rummel, 69, of Winnebago — Kishwaukee Gorge
Paul White, 49, of Rockford — Kishwaukee Gorge
Robert Hessel, 53, of Rockford — Kishwaukee Gorge
Thomas Nowak, 74, of Rockford — Kishwaukee River West
Paul Welliver, 75, of Rockford — Espenscheid
Clarence Ernest Miracle, 61, of Rockford — Blackhawk Springs East
James Neutz, 50, Cherry Valley — Blackhawk Springs East
Russell Sergent, 44, of Muskego, Wisconsin — Kishwaukee Gorge