Missing woman’s fiance charged with promoting prostitution

5:39 p.m Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 Crime news

A Middletown woman remains missing, but her boyfriend has been arrested on a promoting prostitution charge.

Eric Sexton, 48, who’s been living with his mother in Carlisle, is now in Middletown City Jail on a felony charge of promoting prostitution, involving the city’s critically-missing person Lindsay Bogan.

Sexton reported Bogan missing Sept. 13 and said he last saw her getting into a silver Dodge Durango at the corner of Central Avenue and Baltimore Street.

Anyone with information on Bogan’s whereabouts, call 513-425-7701.

While the disappearance of a Middletown woman makes “no sense” to her fiance, police are continuing to follow leads and investigate the case, they said.

Lindsay Bogan, 30, of Middletown, was last seen Sept. 13 getting into a silver Dodge Durango at the corner of Central Avenue and Baltimore Street in downtown, said Eric Sexton, 48, of Middletown. Sexton said they have a 9-month-old daughter together and were planning to get married this month.

The baby is staying with Sexton’s cousin, he said.

“We had so many plans together,” he said. “She was the happiest she had ever been. I treated her like a queen. You can’t treat anyone better than I treated her. We were together for three years, the most amazing three years of my life.”

Now, he said, it feels like his life has ended.

“I’m dead inside and out,” he said Wednesday morning only a few feet from where Bogan disappeared.

Since she was reported missing three weeks ago, Middletown police have spent “a significant amount of time” following numerous leads, said Maj. Mark Hoffman. He said a team of police officers and two cadaver dogs searched Sebald Park last week with no trace of Bogan. Police also have searched local cemeteries, homes, and alleys.

He said police have interviewed her family and friends and no one has spoken to her since Sept. 13.

Sexton said he and Bogan were walking downtown on Sept. 13 looking for a ride to his brother’s house. He said the male driver of the Durango circled Bogan a few times and picked her up at the corner. At the time, Sexton thought, since he was just up the street, the vehicle would stop, pick him up and take them to his brother’s.

But as the vehicle passed, he said, his fiance turned her back and never acknowledged him. He believes she was held at gun point. They drove down an alley, and haven’t been seen since, he said.

“She was a very open person and she loved to talk to people,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sexton said, Middletown police have questioned him several times and seized most of his clothing, and his mother’s cell phone and computer. He said he and his mother had nothing to do with Bogan’s disappearance.

Hoffman said they issued a search warrant of Sexton’s mother house and recovered clothing and electronic devices. He said Sexton took one polygraph test, but he was uncooperative and refused to take another test. Hoffman said police are “deeply concerned” for Bogan’s well being.

Sexton said Bogan was a recovering heroin addict and had turned her life over to God. She was arrested four years ago for receiving stolen property, according to Middletown court records.

Sexton said some people have said that his fiancee was a prostitute and that was behind her disappearance. Instead, he said, Bogan enjoyed talking to downtown prostitutes, trying to convince them to stop the illegal activity. He said Bogan was paid $500 a month to clean a 90-year-old man’s home in Middletown.

Bogan is described as 5-foot-6, 118 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She has a rainbow tattoo on her hips and a star tattoo on her shoulder.

Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to call Middletown Detective Cris Kelly at 513-425-7724.

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