Prison ordered in Janesville child prostitution case involving Walworth County runaway

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

JANESVILLE--Four years in prison was ordered Tuesday for a Janesville man who pleaded guilty to soliciting a runaway Walworth County girl for prostitution.

Patrick X. Cooper, 27, of 2338 Center Ave., upper, also was ordered by Rock County Judge James Daley to serve four years on extended supervision after his prison term.

The girl had sex for money with four or five clients a day between mid-December and early January, she told police. On Jan. 4, she called her mother, who picked her up, police said.

The girl said she had sex with men in the apartment's living room or in a spare bedroom, which authorities described as having a box spring and mattress on the floor. She disposed of used condoms in a yellow plastic bag hanging on a closet door.

The girl said she at first resisted, but she said Cooper told her something bad would happen to her if she didn't cooperate, the criminal complaint states.

Charges still are pending in the case against Erica L. White, 26, who lived in the same apartment. She also is charged with soliciting a child for prostitution.

The girl told police she met White at a house party in Janesville early in December.

The girl told White she was 18 and had been kicked out of her home, and White offered her a place to stay, police said. Cooper showed up soon thereafter.

The girl said “other girls” started showing up at the apartment, and Cooper acted as their pimp, posting notices on a website with pseudonyms for the women, documents state.

In court Tuesday, a charge of possession of child pornography against Cooper was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

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