Human Trafficking Suspects in Custody

Human Trafficking Suspects in Custody

Human trafficking suspects are now in custody. .

In March of this year Mark Scoville was charged with 32 separate offenses following a long-term investigation in the Village of Fairchild. The offenses included human trafficking, false imprisonment, sexual assault, administering a dangerous drug and maintaining a drug trafficking house. His associate, Catherine Ottinger was charged with Trafficking of a Child and Causing a Child Under 13 to View Sexual Activity.

On March 24th , warrants were issued for the arrest of Scoville and Ottinger. At 6:00 this morning a citizen reported a woman walking on County Road H between Fairchild and Stanley. When an Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived in the area, he found Ottinger lying in the ditch adjacent to the road. Ottinger told the deputy that she and Scoville had been living in a tent on property near County Road H in Chippewa County.

Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office located the property and took Scoville into custody. Scoville and Ottinger are currently being held in the Eau Claire County Jail.

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