Strip club manager gets prison for prostitution conspiracy


The former Hardware Store strip club on Main St. in Clyman, in Dodge County. An owner and managers enabled sex trafficking at the business for years.

A former manager of a small-town strip club known for the open prostitution that took place there has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison.

Scott Hoeft, 41, of Watertown, pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy to use The Hardware Store, located on Main Street in Clyman, to promote prostitution. An owner, Michael Siegel, was sentenced earlier this month to two years in prison.

Prosecutors say they enabled brutal pimps to traffick their victims and recruit new ones, at the business. The yearslong operation was exposed in 2018 when one of those pimps, Christopher Childs, was arrested. He was later convicted and sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Lounsberry said it was a matter of convenience for Hoeft, since the pimps made sure the dancers showed up for their shifts, policed any disputes among them and made sure they were being effective at selling sex. That happened both in “champagne rooms” for which the club got extra fees, and sometimes right out in the open at the bar.


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