Janesville woman sentenced in prostitution case

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Frank Schultz
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

JANESVILLE—A woman accused of luring a runaway teenager into prostitution in Janesville was sentenced to two years probation on reduced charges in Rock County Court on Tuesday.

Erica L. White, 26, of 1541 Ashland Ave., Janesville, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of offering herself for prostitution.

As part of a plea agreement, White also pleaded guilty to a felony count of soliciting a child for prostitution, but the sentence was withheld.

White could be sentenced on the felony charge if she violates the terms of her probation. The charge will be dismissed if she successfully completes probation.

Judge Richard Werner also ordered that White not have contact with the other person convicted in the case, Patrick X. Cooper.

Cooper, 27, of 2338 Center Ave., upper, Janesville, where the prostitution occurred, was sentenced in April to four years in prison plus four years extended supervision.

Defense attorney Brett Blomme told the court White's behavior was uncharacteristic for her and that she “got caught up with the wrong crowd.”

White was accused of helping convince a 16-year-old Walworth County girl to be a prostitute at the Center Avenue address. The girl had sex for money with at least three to four clients a day between mid-December and early January, according to the criminal complaint.

The girl had met White at a party and told her she had been kicked out of her home, according to the complaint. White invited the girl to stay with her.

Cooper showed up later and required that the girl and several women meet men and bring them to the apartment, according to the complaint. Cooper had advertised the women on a website.

The girl called her mother Jan. 4, and her mother picked her up, police said.

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