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DECATUR -- Six men, including a former detective with the Macon County Sheriff's Office, were each charged with solicitation of a sexual act after the Decatur Police Street Crimes Unit conducted a sting operation.

On Dec. 4, the men were arrested when they responded to an ad on a website that advertised the services of a prostitute who would be in Decatur, said a law enforcement source. They were all issued notices to appear in court for their arraignments Tuesday on the misdemeanor charges.

Each defendant was charged Tuesday in circuit court with one count of solicitation, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail or probation.

The sheriff's detective, Jay Lawler Sr., 45, retired Dec. 16, after nearly 23 years with the sheriff's office, said Sheriff Thomas Schneider.

His case was not connected with his position with the department, a law enforcement source said.

The other defendants were 25, 28, 39, 44 and 47 years old. They each allegedly offered to pay a female officer, posing as a prostitute, a fee of between $40 and $100.

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