December 6, 2017

Deputies respond to report of prostitution

STE. GENEVIEVE -- Two persons have been charged and a third person faces charges after sheriff's deputies were called to the Love's Truck Stop Monday night by a report of prostitution.

According to the probable cause statement released by the sheriff's office this morning:

A deputy was dispatched to the truck stop about 11:04 p.m. Monday by a report that a woman was offering sexual favors for money to truck drivers.

On arrival, the deputy observed a man sitting in a pick up truck. When approached, the man attempted to flee in the truck. The deputy gave chase west on Route Y at speeds up to 70 miles an hour.

The man abandoned the truck on Route Y near LaSata Lane and fled on foot. The deputy soon caught up with him and took him into custody without further incident.

The man was identified as 52-year-old Steven Harry Madden, who is homeless. The pick up he had been driving had been reported stolen out of Pike County, Mississippi.

The deputy says Madden told him he was with a woman named Ashley and that she had gone to eat at the truck stop.

More deputies arrived at the truck stop and set up a road block on the only exit from the facility and began contacting drivers in search of the women.

About an hour later one of the deputies reported finding a woman in a semi truck with a driver.

The driver admitted giving the woman $32 for a sexual act.

The driver was released, while a warrant was being sought.

The woman was identified as 34-year-old Stephanie Ann Haper of Cottage Hills, Illinois.

Madden has been charged with resisting arrest for a felony, tampering with the motor vehicle and promoting prostitution. His bond was set at $50,000. He was also found to have an active warrant from the U.S. Marshal Service for probation violation-escape. There was no bond on that warrant. Madden is being held in the Ste. Genevieve County Jail.

Haper was issued a summons for misdemeanor prostitution with a December 13 court date. She was then released.