Rochester man sentenced in prostitution case
A 40-year-old Rochester man who pleaded guilty to hiring a prostitute has been sentenced to probation, community work service and electronic home monitoring.
Eric Jonray Anderson pleaded guilty April 2 to prostitution-hire a 16- to 17-year-old. In exchange, one count of prostitution-hire 13- to 15-year-old was dismissed. Both are felonies.
In addition to the above terms, he was also ordered to attend a sex offender program and to register as a predatory offender.
The charges stem from an incident in June 2014, when Rochester police put together an advertisement in the escort section of Backpage.com, a website that contains a section for adult services. Members of the Rochester police street crimes unit often monitor the site and place false ads to target people involved in prostitution.
Less than an hour later, the undercover officer received a text message from a phone number later identified as belonging to Anderson. He wanted to know if she was affiliated with the cops and was told that one of the girls in the ad was 15, the other 17.
Anderson agreed to come for the date, the complaint says, if one of the girls would meet him at the side door of the hotel. He was arrested at the scene.