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Cops nab ex-con, 4 others in prostitution sweep

Four women and a man were arrested over a four-hour period Friday at a hotel in Naperville, as Naperville police were taking part in the FBI’s nationwide effort targeting child prostitution.

No children proved to be involved in the Naperville incidents. Operation Cross Country VI took place over the weekend in 57 U.S. cities, with 79 juvenile victims of sexual exploitation being rescued, according to an FBI statement on Monday.

One of the women arrested in Naperville, Melissa S. Ronczkowski, is a convicted forger. She was charged two months ago with felony narcotics possession in Sugar Grove, according to records on file in Kane County Circuit Court.

Ronczkowski, 23, of Bolingbrook, was taken into custody along with Michael A. Porter, 22, of Clarendon Hills. Others arrested at the hotel included Sharon L. Romaine, 50, of Vernon Hills; and Sherry A. Cameron, 33, and Tara A. Zagone, 19, both of Palatine, written police reports indicated.

Naperville police for several years have monitored various business and social networking websites created by men and women offering massages and other personal services. Some of those websites have proven to be “fronts” for prostitution and pimping.

Undercover members of the police Special Operations Group have set up meetings with those website operators, typically at hotels and motels on Naperville’s north side. Multiple arrests have been made after sexual favors were offered to the officers in exchange for money.

Special Operations Group Sgt. John McAnally said Monday the arrests of Cameron, Porter, Romaine, Ronczkowski and Zagone were made as police participated in the FBI operation.

Cameron and Zagone were arrested together about 4:48 p.m. Friday, while Romaine was taken into custody about 7:58 p.m., police reports showed. All three were charged with prostitution.

Porter and Ronczkowski were arrested about 8:44 p.m. Friday, according to the reports. Ronczkowski was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance as well as prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia, while Porter was charged with driving with a suspended license, possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana and driving with an expired registration, records indicated.

A fifth woman, Malgorzata Zielinski, 47, of Woodridge, was arrested about 3:34 p.m. Friday at a different location on the far northwest side, and charged with prostitution and driving with a suspended or revoked license for the second time or more. It could not be learned Monday whether she was caught in the FBI operation.

Ronczkowski in September 2006 was charged with felony forgery in Will County. She was sentenced in May 2008 to five days in jail and placed on two years of probation, Will County Circuit Court records showed.

She was arrested April 24 in Sugar Grove on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested three days later on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs in Woodridge, records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court indicated.

Ronczkowski remained Monday night in DuPage County Jail on $25,000 bail. Cameron, Porter, Romaine and Zagone are all free on bond.

The FBI said other area law enforcement agencies taking part in Operation Cross Country VI included the DuPage County sheriff’s office, the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group, the Will County state’s attorney’s office and the Aurora, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, Westmont and Woodridge police departments.

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