Mark Gillette – Repeat Sex Offender – Busted on Craig’s List

An advertisement on Craig’s List led police to a Bloomington man arrested for a sex crime. It isn’t his first time behind bars.

An Indiana University Police officer made the arrest after an undercover sting. The officer says he chatted online with registered sex offender Mark Gillette, who agreed to exchange sex for money.

The alleged prostitution agreement took place on Craig’s List, a popular website for goods and services.

“Gillette had only been out of prison for a few months when we got an anonymous tip,” said Capt. Jerry Minger, IU police.

Police say Gillette agreed to meet who he thought was his Craig’s List acquaintance on the IU campus. But when Gillette arrived on the west side of the IU HPER building, much to Gillette’s surprise, it turned out to be an campus cop.

“When they got to midpoint there they identified themselves as police officers and arrested him,” said Capt. Minger.

The officer arrested Mark Gillette for promoting prostitution, but also on a March 10th warrant for violating his probation. Gillette failed to register his new address as a convicted sex offender, so he was already wanted by authorities.

The same campus police officer arrested Gillette several years ago for the same offense.

“His first offense involved a 16- and 17-year-old, trying to get them into prostitution,” said Minger.

Right now it’s spring break at IU, but when it comes to using websites like Craig’s List, “We aggressively enforce the laws here on campus,” Minger said.

Police are warning not only students but anyone using the internet to commit a crime on or off campus that they’ll be watching.

Gillette has no connection to Indiana University.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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