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Agreements reached in three Winona prostitution cases

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WINONA — Three of the six men arrested last month in a sex sting operation in Winona have pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of prostitution patron.

Timmy James Dziubak, 46, and Barton Anthony Dubak, 40, both of Burnsville, and James Edward Kelly, 56, of Wabasha, entered their pleas Thursday in Winona County District Court.

They were each sentenced to a year of probation, a $335 fine and ordered to attend Breaking Free Offenders Prostitution Program, known as John School, within 90 days.

Offenders pay the full cost of the all-day program — all teachers volunteer their time, so the entire $750 fee goes to Breaking Free services for victims and survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution, including housing, transportation and food. There is no cost to the county to participate.

The seminar is led by Breaking Free staff, the St. Paul City Attorney's office, law enforcement, sexual and mental health experts, community members, and survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution.

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The men allegedly answered an online ad for adult services, according to the criminal complaints against them, and agreed to meet at a residence in the county. Instead, the men were each met by undercover officers and arrested.

Allen Scott Rasmussen, 49, of Rochester, and Christopher Gerald Chytracek, 47, of Chatfield, will be arraigned Aug. 15. Deependra Narayan Das, 40, also of Rochester, has pleaded not guilty; a jury trial has been set for Monday.

In addition to the sheriff's office, the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force, and the police departments of Winona, Goodview and St. Charles assisted in the operation.

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