WI: Plea possible in prostitution ring

Capital Newspapers



BARABOO — The man charged with selling his girlfriend’s sexual services from a Lake Delton home formally asserted his innocence during a brief hearing Friday, but his attorney said he will likely resolve his case with a future plea agreement rather than a trial.

Brian E. Nerby, 34, of Verona, appeared in Sauk County Circuit Court for what originally was scheduled as a hearing on the evidence against him for charges of keeping a place of prostitution and solicitation of prostitutes. Nerby and his girlfriend, Lindsay A. Schutz, 25, also of Verona, were arrested in December.

Sauk County District Attorney Patricia Barrett said Nerby had agreed to waive the hearing, and they are likely to resolve the case with a plea agreement.

Nerby and his defense attorney, Maura Melka, agreed they would forego the hearing, which is normally a step toward trial in felony criminal cases.

Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Guy Reynolds then ruled there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial and informed Nerby that he faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each count if convicted.

In a routine defense procedure, Nerby stood mute to the charges, and Reynolds entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.

The case was sparked after Lake Delton police got word of the couple using an Internet Web site to sell sexual services from their home on Northwoods Circle in the village. An undercover detective met with Schutz, and she offered to exchange sex for money, according to a police statement.

Officers arrested Schutz, Nerby and 53-year-old Ronald Golesh, who police said assisted them with the Web site. With Schutz cooperating, about 10 men who came to the house looking for sex were arrested on misdemeanor charges of patronizing prostitutes.

Patrons were arrested after offering up to $700 as payment for sex, court records show.

No further hearings have been scheduled in Nerby’s case.

Schutz has a jury trial scheduled June 24. Golesh is due in court May 8 for a plea and sentencing hearing on three misdemeanor counts of patronizing a prostitute.



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