Lake County Arrest

A Lake County Sheriff’s deputy has been accused of soliciting sex from a prostitute.

Eric Francke, 33, was charged with one count of obstruction of justice and one count of solicitation of a sexual act.

According to Mundelein police, during a routine traffic stop on April 3, where two other offenders were charged with involuntary servitude for holding a prostitute against her will, police somehow learned that Francke had also, on another occasion, solicited this same prostitute.

According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Francke obstructed justice by deleting text messages exchanged with the prostitute. They also claim he offered “a person not his spouse, $300 to perform an act of sexual penetration.”

Francke’s bond was set at $10,000, and he was released after posting the required 10 percent.

Francke been with the sheriff’s office since September 2008. He is currently on administrative leave without pay.

Two Chicago men were arrested by Mundelein police April 3 on allegations they forced a 23-year-old downstate woman to work for them as a prostitute, Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther said Monday. Aaron Thurmond, 22, and Jeffrey Horton, 27, were charged with trafficking in persons/involuntary servitude, promoting prostitution and money laundering.

Guenther said Thurmond, Horton and the Champaign-area woman were traveling through Mundelein about 11:15 p.m. when an officer noticed the headlights of their vehicle were turned off. The officer made a traffic stop, Guenther said, and searched the vehicle.

During the search, police said, the woman told officers she was paid $300 to have sex with a man in Wauconda and was heading to meet another man in Antioch.

That man turned out to be Francke, Guenther confirmed.

“From there, all the information was turned over to the state’s attorney’s office and charges were handled by them,” he said. “We also contacted the sheriff’s office to ensure this was handled in the most appropriate way.”

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