Police Catch High-End Prostitute in Eden Prairie Condos

Lora LePoudre, who called herself ‘Hilary Holiday,’ appeared in a documentary on American prostitutes.

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.

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Ter Sli March 05, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Look True North to know the letter writer.
Will D March 09, 2013 at 06:08 AM
I agree, legalize prostitution. I did find some things interesting, they seem to be using her participation in a documentary about escorts as some sort of evidence of illegal activity. IT ISN'T ILLEGAL TO BE AN ESCORT! People are allowed to charge you money for their time. You go to work and you make your employer, client, patient, etc. pay you for your time. Alter Ego? Is Stephen King an alter ego? is Eminem and alter ego? It's a pseudonym, but thanks for the sensationalism. Here's what the news should be reporting. Legislators have made it illegal for these women to carry condoms. Read the article, nothing she said amounts to probable cause for an arrest. She didn't mention and exchange of money for a sexual act. He paid her for her time, which is legal, and he asked her if she had condoms, really!? I have condoms, are you going to come arrest me? I hope she fights this and I hope someone out there from a human rights organization is listening. This police department could use a heavy dose of the ACLU.
Will D March 09, 2013 at 06:11 AM
Oh, and thank you for wasting tax payer money on 3+ month investigation for a misdemeanor.
Peter L. March 21, 2013 at 01:28 PM
What happened with Americans minding their own business and applauding entrepreneurship? This kind of actions to hound down a woman who merely wants to make an honest living, is so un-American. Tnhe cops shoudl be ashamed of themselves. How can they speak with pride with their spouses and kids about their work when they do this? Why do we need policemen if all they do is go after 'low hanging fruit' and collect taxes, instead of catching teh real bad nones?


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