EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – It’s a story WEAU 13 News has been investigating for a month.
It involves a man accused of hiring a prostitute.
But there are bizarre twists, including a phone call to police and a mysterious disappearance.
Peter Castator has been charged with Pandering-Solicitation.
The 62-year-old from Waukesha was arrested July 6 at an Eau Claire hotel.
But Castator is not your average suspect.
He appeared in Eau Claire County Court Wednesday morning for his initial appearance.
While he didn’t want to tell his side of the story, investigators said he called police because he was concerned about the well-being of the woman he allegedly hired for sex.
This is how it went down.
Investigators said Castator logged onto Backpage.com and found a female named “Alexis”.
“She was going to provide services for $200 for an hour. The criminal complaint lists it as she would perform acts similar to a stripper,” said Officer Kyle Roder of the Eau Claire Police Department.
And after meeting up at a local restaurant, Roder said the pair checked into America’s Best Value Inn on Clairemont Avenue in Eau Claire.
According to the criminal complaint, Castator and Alexis engaged in sexual contact until there was a knock on the hotel room door.
“An adult male showed up at the door and the female ended up leaving with the male,” Roder said.
The criminal complaint indicates this male was her boyfriend.
The details are fuzzy on what happened next.
But police reveal the Waukesha man got a troubling text message from the woman he allegedly hired for sex.
“Details of that I can't disclose at this point but obviously there was something in there that concerned him enough to contact the police,” Roder said.
Officers said while the call was meant to be helpful, Castator was arrested at the hotel.
Roder said the man’s involvement with the woman was enough to violate the state statute on pandering.
The 62-year-old stood silent Wednesday for his initial appearance.
His attorney declined an interview but said they could talk at a later time.
Investigators said they haven’t been able to track down the mystery woman.
“Backpage is a wide-ranging website that has lots of people on it that often go by information that isn’t correct. Names and phone numbers are often not legitimate,” Roder said.
Police would not say why Castator was in Eau Claire.
Management from America’s Best Value Inn did not want to comment on the case.
Castator will be back in court in September.