Hayward Radio News Director Charged for Soliciting 17-Year-Old Male
Felony charges of Prostitution-Hire or Agree to Hire 16-17 Yr Old were filed in July 2018 in Washington County, MN District Court against Hayward, WI man, Scott Klohn.
Scott Klohn, 62, is listed as News Director - Lifestyles North Host for WRLS radio station out of Hayward, WI.
The criminal complaint filed against Klohn states that on May 19, 2018, a 17-year-old male reported to police that he had been solicited for sex in exchange for cash at a fitness center located in Woodbury, MN.
According to the criminal complaint, the teen told officers that the man - later identified as Klohn - approached him while the teen was sitting on a bicep curl machine, and asked him if he would “poop in a cup” for $20.00. The teen recorded part of the conversation on his phone because he was shocked, then said that he would pass on the offer and walked away.
Later, the teen was in the male locker room when he observed Klohn also in the locker room staring at the teen. Klohn was wearing only a towel and then dropped the towel, exposing himself to the teen. The teen felt afraid and left the locker room.
After the teen spoke to a friend, he then went into the family locker room to try to avoid Klohn. However, Klohn again approached the teen in the family locker room. Klohn, who was clothed this time, asked the teen how old he was. The teen told Klohn that he was 17. After stating that he thought the teen was 18 or 19, Klohn then held his hand out with several bills of cash in it, with a $20 dollar bill, asking the teen “can I touch you for money?”
The teen told Klohn no and immediately left the fitness center. After reviewing recorded video on the teen’s phone, investigators provided a description of the suspect to the manager of the fitness center. The manager located Klohn’s member profile as a person who matched the description. The teen later identified Klohn as the man who solicited him when investigating officers showed him a double-blind photo lineup.
If convicted as charged, Klohn faces a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000. Online district court records show that Klohn has been ordered to have no contact with the teen. Klohn made his first appearance on his charges on August 2, 2018, and is scheduled to appear again today, September 6, 2018.
Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.