Prostitution ring used Craigslist solicitations

ASHLAND — Thirteen men and two women participated in an Ashland prostitution ring that used the Craigslist website to solicit business, police said Friday.

Investigators sent the names of the alleged 13 johns and two prostitutes to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office Wednesday, said Detective Rick Spence with the Ashland Police Department.

Police cited one of the women, Annette Marie Wilson, 36, who they believe was the ringleader of the operation, for prostitution on June 30.

Spence declined to release the names of the other 14 people he said were involved in the prostitution ring, because they have not been charged with a crime.

The District Attorney's Office may decide to file charges against some or all of the 14, he said.

"Ultimately it's up to the district attorney," Spence said. "I presented the case up to this point to them. They have the names of all of the men who had been identified and interviewed up to this point, so it's up to them if they decide to file charges and then the grand jury can decide to indict them."

Spence said he expected the Jackson County grand jury to hold an indictment hearing on the case during the week of Aug. 15. He will release more details on the case after the hearing, he said.

The 13 men allegedly met the two prostitutes, who advertised on Craigslist, during the month of June at Wilson's home, motels and private residences, all in Ashland, Spence said. The men paid between $90 and $200 per visit, depending on the services rendered, he said.

The men live throughout the Rogue Valley, he said. Wilson lives in Ashland and the other woman involved is homeless, but stays in Ashland and Talent, Spence said.

Detectives were continuing their investigation into the case and may identify more people who were involved in the prostitution ring.

Investigators suspect Wilson, who also uses the name Kristine Marie Ledford-Besk, posted ads in the "adult services" section of Craigslist, Spence said.

"They're not explicitly saying they're offering prostitution, otherwise Craigslist would shut down their ad," he said. "Basically some of them will go so far as to say they do 'sensual massage' and things of that nature. Others just have a price and a picture and a phone number."

Spence said he believes the men involved in the prostitution ring were aware the women were offering prostitution before they met.

"The men that I talked to during my investigation, several made the comment to me that, 'Who goes to the adult services section of Craigslist if they want a legitimate massage?' They expected more," he said.

Police also believe Wilson was involved in a fraudulent charity, the Haley Foundation, and claimed to have an education and treatment facility for children with disabilities.

Wilson may have been involved in theft and identity theft, police said.

Wilson was cited by Medford police for prostitution in two separate incidents in 2008 and 2009. In the 2009 case, which involved Craigslist postings, Wilson was charged with promoting prostitution, a felony.

A month after she was cited in 2008, she unveiled plans to open the Haley Academy in late 2010 or early 2011 at a French-style mansion at 1280 Oak St. in Ashland.

At the press conference to announce her plans for the school, she said she was working as a massage therapist and a private caregiver.

At that time, she said the foundation had received more than $6,000 in donations.

Anyone with information on the prostitution ring, or who donated to the Haley Foundation or the Haley Academy, or who was solicited for a donation, is asked to contact Spence at 541-552-2172.

Hannah Guzik is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. She can be reached at 541-482-3456 ext. 226, or

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