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First row: Lonnie D. Britt, Ray E. Canada, Aaron Jorge Diaz, Cassandra F. Diaz. Second row: Robert A. Richards, Heather Mae Lundy, Stephen M. Jones, Kayla J. Hobert. Third row: Richard A. Treiber, Amanda M. Schepler, Michael W. Sanderson, Leonel B. Rubio

A dozen people were arrested this week in connection with a prostitution sting at the Isle of Capri Casino, Bettendorf.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Bettendorf Police Department, Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group and Marion (Iowa) Police Department conducted a joint undercover enforcement operation targeting prostitution in the area.

DCI made the arrests on Wednesday and Thursday.

Police arrested:

• Lonnie D. Britt, 51, of 1335 22nd Ave., Silvis, on charges of possession with intent to deliver and prostitution. He is accused of responding to an online ad and arranging an appointment with an undercover agent posing as a prostitute. He brought marijuana to exchange for sexual favors, records state.

• Ray E. Canada, 64, of 507 N. Juniata St., Blue Grass, on the charge of prostitution. He is accused of offering to buy sexual services from an undercover agent posing as a prostitute.

• Aaron Jorge Diaz, 38, of 626 E. Lombard St., Davenport, on the charge of pandering. He is accused of arranging for his wife, Cassandra , who also was arrested, to engage in activity consistent with that of a prostitute.

• Cassandra F. Diaz, 25, of 4621 W. High St., Colona, on the charge of prostitution. She is accused of posting an ad on Backpage.com. An undercover agent contacted her through her ad, met with her at the Isle of Capri Casino hotel, and offered sexual services in exchange for money, records state. Though she and Aaron Diaz are listed in reports with different addresses, police confirmed they are married.

• Kayla J. Hobert, 23, of 7214 Hillandale Road, Davenport, Apt. 3, on the charge of prostitution. She is accused of posting an ad on Backpage.com and offering sexual services at the casino hotel in exchange for money.

• Stephen M. Jones, 24, of 7413 S. Kenwood Ave., Chicago, on the charge of prostitution, aiding and abetting. He aided and abetted a person who sold or offered to sell their services as a partner in a sex act, records state. Police said Jones drove a female co-defendant to the casino hotel and dropped her off.

• Heather Mae Lundy, 24, of 3340 W. 51st St., Davenport, on the charge of prostitution. She is accused of posting an ad on Backpage.com and offering sexual services in exchange for money.

• Robert A. Richards, 55, of 110 N. 8th Ave. Court, Donahue, on charges of possession with intent to deliver and prostitution. He is accused of responding to an online ad, arranging an appointment and brought marijuana to be used in exchange for sexual services.

• Leonel B. Rubio, 44, of 4716 27th Ave., Moline, on the charge of prostitution. He is accused of responding to an online ad, arranging an appointment and offering to buy sexual services.

• Michael W. Sanderson, 41, of 707 N. Lime St., Albany, Ill., on the charge of prostitution. He is accused of responding to an online ad, arranging an appointment and offering to buy sexual services.

• Amanda M. Schepler, 31, of 2604 N. 4th St., Clinton, on the charge of prostitution. She is accused of posting an ad on Backpage.com, arranging a meeting at the casino hotel and offering her sexual services in exchange for money.

• Richard A. Treiber, 63, of 288 Hickory Court, Tiffin, Iowa, on charges of possession with intent to deliver and prostitution. He is accused of responding to an online ad, arranging an appointment and brought marijuana to be used in exchange for sexual services.

Isle of Capri Casino volunteered a few rooms at its hotel to be the site of the sting, Isle of Capri spokeswoman Jill Alexander said.

"Law enforcement requested usage of our facility for their operation," Alexander said, referring other inquiries to DCI.

DCI spokesman Ben Mims said Isle of Capri Casino is equipped with surveillance specific to police needs.

Prostitution, he added, isn't unique to the Quad-Cities.

"Small town or big town, it's all over the place," Mims said.

For the sting, undercover officers utilized advertisements on websites popular with individuals engaged in prostitution, he said. When suspects responded to the ads, undercover officers arranged meetings with them at the casino hotel.

Prostitution is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to two years in prison. Possession with intent to deliver is a Class D felony that carries a penalty of five years in prison. Pandering also is a Class D felony.

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