Former State Legislator Pleads Not Guilty To Solicitation Sting Charges

Former State Legislator Pleads Not Guilty To Solicitation Sting Charges

Former State Legislator John Hastert has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from a prostitution sting in Rock Springs last Thursday afternoon.

GREEN RIVER — John Hastert, 62, of Rock Springs, has pleaded not guilty to charges of solicitation of prostitution and interference with a peace office stemming from an incident at the Clarion Hotel in Rock Springs last Thursday.

The former member of both the Wyoming House of Representative and Senate was arrested along with three other individuals following a sting operation involving multiple Wyoming law enforcement agencies.

The misdemeanor crimes combined carry a maximum penalty of 18 months in jail and $1,750 in fines. Court documents allege that Hastert was attempting to seek sexual favors from an undercover operative through an adult dating application known as skipthegames.com.

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He allegedly made arrangements to meet the operative at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 at the hotel. Law enforcement officers were waiting for him in the room when he arrived, and court documents state Hastert resisted arrest as officers tried to detain him.

Hastert later told law enforcement officials that he had solicited prostitution in both Casper and Salt Lake City in the past, and he used a burner cell phone to avoid being caught by his wife, according to the documents.

A settlement conference has been set in the case for May 25. However, because Hastert pleaded not guilty to the charges, a trial date was also established for September 9. Bond was set at $4,500.