'Tree Guy,' 'Ellsworth' accused of prostitution with minor

Two more people have been accused of paying for sex with a minor following a recent sex trafficking investigation by the St. Paul Police Department, according to charges filed Tuesday in Ramsey County.

Michael Mark Jordan, 42, of White Bear Lake, Minn., and Robert Kjelstad, 53, of Ellsworth, Wis. have each been charged with one count of engaging in prostitution with a minor.

'Tree Guy'

According to the criminal complaint, Jordan bought sex several times in two different St. Paul homes and inside his company truck, labeled "A Cut Above Tree Service." One of the victims' traffickers was labeled "Tree Guy" in the phone's contact list.


Kjelstad's complaint alleges one of the victim's traffickers, Amanda Larscheid, also engaged in prostitution and had a regular list of customers. She frequently trafficked the victim to those customers, including Kjelstad, also known as "Ellsworth" who paid for "two girl specials."

Prior investigation

In Aug. of 2013, Larscheid, Santangelo Tart and Justin Banks were investigated by St. Paul police after receiving community complaints alleging prostitution at 608 Palace Avenue.

They lived in the home from May through mid-August 2013 and also in an apartment at 856 Case Avenue in St. Paul in 2012 and 2013. All 3 were charged with multiple counts of first- and second- degree trafficking in Nov. 2014. Larscheid and Tart were sentenced to 5 and 14 years in prison, respectively. Banks will be sentenced on May 11 to nearly 11 years in prison.

Jordan will make his first court appearance Wednesday, and Kjelstad is in custody in Wisconsin and will make his first appearance upon being extradited to Minnesota.

'As if they were ordering a pizza'

"Today, we are sending a clear message - buying children for sex will not be tolerated in our community. We wouldn't have this problem if it weren't for men who think it's ok to buy children for sex as if they were ordering a pizza," said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. "These two men paid for sex acts with a vulnerable child – repeatedly – with no regard to the damage they did to her. Like many cases throughout Minnesota, this victim is a runaway girl, extremely susceptible to exploitation by manipulative and coercive traffickers. I want to thank the St. Paul Police Department and our Joint Special Victims Unit prosecutor for their fine work in bringing both the traffickers and the buyers to justice."
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