Charges are now official against a Brainerd attorney for soliciting prostitution in a public place following a law enforcement sting operation.
The charge against Ohlsen was delayed compared to the other seven men charged in the sting after all Crow Wing County judges recused themselves from signing the criminal complaint drafted by County Attorney Don Ryan. An official with court administration said it's standard practice for judges to recuse themselves when they have a history of directly working with the subject. Ninth Judicial District Judge Korey Wahwassuck of Itasca County signed the complaint.
According to the complaint, Ohlsen allegedly sent a text message to a phone number provided in the advertisement, believing he was corresponding with a 22-year-old woman named Sunny. Ohlsen inquired whether Sunny was available at 4:30 p.m. and agreed to a half-hour of the "full girlfriend experience," a term familiar to law enforcement as meaning sexual intercourse.
Ohlsen was placed under arrest after knocking on the door of the hotel room provided to him from the undercover officer posing as Sunny. A search revealed Ohlsen was carrying the same cellphone used to send the text messages and cash equal to the agreed price.
According to the Minnesota Judicial Branch website, Ohlsen has practiced law in Minnesota since April 1976. Ohlsen's website states he specializes in "divorce, legal separation and nullity, child custody and support, paternity and parentage actions, adoptions, settlement agreements, prenuptial agreements and more."
Ohlsen is set to appear for his first court hearing on the charge via interactive television on July 21.