6 indicted on prostitution charges

A Jackson County grand jury indicted two women and four men on prostitution charges after police linked them to an Ashland Craigslist prostitution ring, a detective said Tuesday.

Investigators believe Annette Marie Wilson, 36, ran the ring that involved the exchange of hundreds of dollars between 13 johns and two prostitutes in June, said Ashland Police Det. Rick Spence.

The grand jury indicted Wilson on one count of promoting prostitution, a Class C felony, and four counts of prostitution, a Class A misdemeanor, in a Sept. 9 hearing, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Brenna S. Sugar, 20, Ross Stewart Rambach, 57, Benjamin Jupiter Sekora, 35, Jason Matthew Berard, 38, and Robert Earl Watson, 59, were each indicted on one misdemeanor count of prostitution.

The johns allegedly met the prostitutes, who advertised on Craigslist, throughout June at Wilson's home, motels and other houses, all in Ashland, Spence said. The men paid between $90 and $200 per visit, depending on the services rendered, he said.

The men live throughout the Rogue Valley and the women live in Ashland, he said.

Investigators believe Wilson, who also uses the name Kristine Marie Ledford-Besk, posted ads in the "adult services" section of Craigslist, Spence said.

Wilson was cited by Medford police for prostitution in two incidents in 2008 and 2009. In the 2009 case, which involved a Craigslist posting, Wilson was charged with promoting prostitution, a felony.

In the 2008 case, Wilson was rounded up by Medford and Central Point police in a large sting that included three men charged with soliciting prostitution and four women, Wilson among them, arrested for working as prostitutes. Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of prostitution in that case and was given probation and a $403 fine.

A year later, Wilson was busted yet again for prostitution in a Medford sting involving four other women. She pleaded guilty to prostitution and was given probation and a $158 fine.

Wilson made news in 2008 when she tried to start a school in Ashland for children with disabilities. She called a press conference to announce plans to open The Haley Academy late this year or early 2011 at a French-style mansion at 1280 Oak St., Ashland. Her announcement came a month after a prostitution arrest. The school never got off the ground.

Hannah Guzik is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. She can be reached at 541-482-3456 ext. 226, or hguzik@dailytidings.com. Reporter Chris Conrad contributed to this story.

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