Former Hardware Store Owner, Two Managers To Plead Guilty To Federal Sex Trafficking Charges

(Clyman) The former owner and two managers at a shuttered Dodge County strip club are pleading guilty to federal sex trafficking charges. Former Hardware Store owner Michael Siegel of Fox Lake and former manager Scott Hoeft of Watertown have admitted to using the club in Clyman to promote, manage, and carry out prostitution. The two filed plea agreements with federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Wisconsin on April 21 but a plea hearing has yet to be scheduled because of the pandemic. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Siegel’s brother William, who managed the store starting around 2009, is also implicated. William Siegel was charged on April 30th with Conspiracy To Promote Prostitution and filed an agreement to plead guilty the same day. In December, Siegel and Hoeft were indicted on federal sex trafficking charges that were alleged to have taken place between 2009 and 2018. According to the indictment, revenue was generated at the Hardware Store by making the club’s lap dance and champagne rooms available for prostitution. The indictment alleges that as a part of the conspiracy, Hoeft and Siegel hired and employed dancers willing to perform illegal acts, including women that they knew were working for pimps. Prosecutors say the suspects sent text messages and used Facebook Messenger to communicate with dancers and pimps. In addition, customers were allowed to use credit cards to obtain cash to pay dancers directly for illegal acts.

Click here to read Michael Siegel’s Plea Agreement