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UPDATE: Eight men charged in Elkhorn prostitution case

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ELKHORN—Eight men, including one former police officer, have been charged with prostitution in Walworth County Court because prosecutors connected them to an Elkhorn woman who was charged last month.

The eight men allegedly met with an Elkhorn woman, Nicole U. Nosek, 38, of 821 W. Gorman St., who told police she has been prostituting herself out of her home for years, according to a criminal complaint.

Nicole and her husband, Scott A. Nosek, 44, of the same address, face prostitution charges.

The Walworth County District Attorney's Office has since filed charges against the eight men accused of having sex with Nicole.

Charged with the misdemeanor count, defined in state statutes as paying or offering to pay to have nonmarital sexual intercourse, are:

-- Dean R. Babcock, 63, of N6550 Highway 151, No. 82, Beaver Dam;

-- Dennis M. O'Brien, 57, of 1270 Wisconsin St., No. 202, Lake Geneva;

-- Benjamin J. Hrobsky, 34, of 302 Frederick Ave., Fort Atkinson;

-- Brad D. Kushner, 59, of N5602 Highway 89, Delavan;

-- Richard M. Robinson, 64, of 403 Walworth St., Lake Geneva;

-- Michael R. Stevens, 27, of 1003 N. Church St., No. 202, Elkhorn;

-- Mark A. Neuenfeldt, 53, of 661 N. Sandy Lane, No. 313, Elkhorn;

-- Michael L. Kaspar, 53, of 251 N. George St., Whitewater.

Babcock in July 2012 retired from the Village of Sharon Police Department, where he had worked part time, said Sharon Police Chief Brad Buchholz.

Before he worked in Sharon, Babcock was a police officer in Delavan, Buchholz said. Delavan Police Chief Tim O'Neill did not immediately return a message to confirm Babcock's employment.

Buchholz said he thought the Sharon job was Babcock's last in law enforcement.

An Elkhorn detective spoke with Babcock on Sept. 20, when he said his relationship with Nicole started about a year earlier, according to the complaint. Police saw text messages between Nicole and Scott from June 1, 2016, which said Babcock was coming over.

Babcock said he did not pay Nicole for sex, but he did “loan” her money knowing he would not be paid back, the complaint states. Babcock told the detective he had sex with Nosek three or four times.

O'Brien did not admit to having sex with Nicole, but police read text messages that appeared sexual in nature, according to the complaint.

Text messages also showed Nicole and Stevens trying to meet up, but Stevens denied ever paying Nicole for sex, the complaint states.

Neuenfeldt also denied having sex with Nicole, according to the complaint.

Hrobsky, Kaspar, Kushner and Robinson admitted in some fashion to having sex with Nicole, according to the complaint.

Nicole is charged with eight counts of prostitution and one count of party to keeping a place of prostitution. Scott is charged with party to allowing use as a place of prostitution.

The Elkhorn couple also are charged with causing mental harm to a child, who is the person who told police about Nicole's prostitution, according to the complaint.

Nicole and Scott are next due in court for a preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27.

O'Brien's initial court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 13. The others' initial appearances are scheduled for Nov. 29.

Gazette reporter Frank Schultz contributed to this story.



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