Man sentenced in prostitution case
A Stewartville man was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail, stayed for a year, and ordered to complete a program for men who use prostituted women after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor prostitution charge.
Gilbert Edward Gage, 54, was also placed on probation for a year and fined $1,085.
Gage was charged in February in Olmsted County District Court following an undercover operation targeting sex trafficking in Rochester.
On Jan. 13, an officer posted an advertisement in an online website that contains a section for adult services. Members of the street crimes unit often monitor the site and place false ads to target people involved in prostitution, or respond to ads placed by others.
Gage called the phone number that accompanied the ad, the criminal complaint says, and asked what the prices were. He agreed to the price quoted and other terms, and arranged to meet the "escort" at a Rochester motel.
He was arrested after knocking on the door at the motel; Gage was carrying the agreed-upon amount of cash, court documents say.