Forest preserve sex sting nets 10



By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

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

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