WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Police said they've arrested five adults in connection with a child prostitution ring in Wausau. And they said the three teenagers involved will have to come to terms with things they did wrong as well.
Barbi Metzger and Nicole Riehle, who were arrested in connection with a child prostitution operation, appeared in court, rescheduling the dates for their preliminary hearings. It's a story some in Wausau said they can't believe.
"I just didn't expect anything like that," said Amanda Chitwood, who lives in Wausau. "You come up here and the people are so friendly and everything you just wouldn't assume anything like that would ever happen here."
Three adults have been charged so far, Metzger, Riehle and Darrell Vaughn. But police said more charges are in the works.
"Like any investigation, we've found some additional information after interviewing all the parties involved and therefore then we have to re-interview other people," said Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel.
The three charged will be tried for crimes related to prostitution. Police said they believe they were the facilitators, posting listings for underage girls on Backpage.com, and driving them to their jobs. But that's not all police think they were up to.
"It does appear like the adults were using some of the money that they were making from this prostitution operation to purchase drugs and sell drugs," said Hardel. "We're still looking at that aspect."
Police are also looking into the three teenage girls involved, saying they could face prostitution charges too.
"Even though the 17-year-old girls are considered juveniles as far as victims, they're actually considered adults for crimes," said Hardel.
Since Metzger and Riehle have rescheduled their preliminary hearings, they may not be back in court again until late next month. Court dates for the others are still unknown.