The Clark State Community College Performing Arts Center executive director was arrested last week in connection with a Dayton Police Department prostitution sting.
Stuart A. Secttor, 62, of 1608 Fox Ridge Drive in Springfield, was charged with soliciting a prostitute and possession of criminal tools, according to Dayton Municipal Court records.
The arrest took place at 12:48 p.m. March 18 at an undisclosed location in Dayton where police had set up a sting operation.
Sgt. Chris Fischer of the Dayton vice crimes unit said Secttor was one of 15 people arrested on charges of solicitation and possession of criminal tools during the operation, which took place over a three-day period last week.
“This was part of an operation we did on the Internet,” Fischer said.
Police alleged Secttor responded to an online ad and spoke with a decoy officer on the phone.
“He came to our location expecting to see a prostitute and pay for sex,” Fischer said.
The possession of criminal tools charge applies to the cell phone he had in his possession that was allegedly used to communicate with the undercover female officer.
Secttor, who has served as the director of the center since 2005, declined to comment Tuesday. He referred all questions to his attorney Thomas Lagos, who declined to comment on the case but called Secttor “a pillar of the community.”
Clark State Community College officials said they don’t comment on personnel matters, including if Secttor has been placed on leave from his position.
Secttor is also the president-elect of the Springfield Rotary Club. Current President Vince Chase said out of respect for Secttor’s family the club didn’t wish to make any comment.
According to his court record, which was filed under the name Stuart Sectton but lists Secttor’s Springfield address, he will be arraigned April 2 in Dayton.
The sting operation was one of many made in the past few years, Fischer said, where detectives caught men from across the region and out of state coming to Dayton to engage in sex for money with local women they met online.
“In the ’80s we used to do these huge roundups (of prostitutes),” he said. The vice stings would net arrests of five or six women a night. “Just a few years ago we changed up our tactic. We go after the demand now.”
Fischer said the men who are caught hiring prostitutes in Dayton come from as far away as Arizona and from all walks of life. The men arrested last week ranged in age from 24 to 64 and included men from the Cincinnati and Dayton region.
The other individuals arrested last week included two women who allegedly advertised as prostitutes online and came to the police decoy location expecting to meet a customer.