An undercover sting nabbed an entrepreneurial prostitute who went by the name “Hilary Holiday,” had her own website and appeared in a 2012 documentary on American sex workers, according to court documents released Wednesday.
The case began in May when the management office of a condominium complex told Eden Prairie police that they received an anonymous letter. The person who wrote the letter wrote that 44-year-old resident Lora LePoudre was “a well known prostitute” who called herself Hilary Holiday, Detective Andrew Rohde wrote in charging documents filed Feb. 12.
Rohde’s investigation discovered LePoudre had a website whose address referred to her alleged alter ego. Photos on that website, including at least one nude, matched the person in LePoudre’s driver’s license photo
The site described “Hilary Holiday” as an “upscale escort/companion” who could also be found on two other websites that Rohde knew are used for prostitution. It also listed rates starting at $400 an hour and reviews from past clients that mentioned sexual activity, according to the court documents.
The site also included a link to the documentary American Courtesans, which bills itself as “an intimate Portrayal of modern day escorts in America.” Movie website IMDb.com lists “Hilary Holiday” as a cast member in its page about the movie.
In November, an undercover officer contacted LePoudre through her Hilary Holiday e-mail address, according to court documents. They talked via e-mail and phone calls and eventually arranged to meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 11. LePoudre told the officer he should walk right in her door without knocking.
The officer arrived, went inside and was greeted by LePoudre. They made small talk for a few minutes before she made a comment about going into the bedroom. The officer went in. LePoudre followed, took off her shirt and leggings so that she was wearing only her bra and panties.
The officer then asked where he should put the $700 he brought. She said that it was only $700, as stated on her website, and told him he could put it anywhere. The officer then asked she had any condoms they could use. She said she had lots.
At that point, Rohde knocked on the door and the undercover policeman identified himself as an officer.
LePoudre has been charged with misdemeanor prostitution—which carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine if she’s convicted. She’s scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 a.m. March 13.