TERRE HAUTE — Two Rockville women face charges of prostitution and theft after Terre Haute Police arrested them and also cited an off-duty firefighter with soliciting prostitution.
Denise Owsley, 42, and Connie Hiland, 43
, both appeared Wednesday in Vigo Superior Court 1, where an initial charge of robbery against both women was amended to the class-D felony charge of theft. Prostitution is a class-A misdemeanor.
Both women were arrested July 10 after city police claim they met Mike Odum at an area bar. The probable cause affidavit filed in court states the women and Odum went to a local motel to engage in sex acts, and after about an hour, two men knocked at the door of the hotel room and demanded that Odum pay the women for their services
After a scuffle with the men, Odum escaped from the room and called police. During the scuffle, he alleges the women took his wallet and money from his pants pocket.
After their initial court appearance, Judge Michael Eldred ordered the women released on their own recognizance. Odom appeared in Terre Haute City Court to face charges of soliciting a prostitute, a class-A misdemeanor.
Terre Haute Fire Chief Jeff Fisher said that he has not talked to Odum about the incident since Odum is on vacation. The longtime firefighter was on vacation at the time the incident occurred.
But Fisher did say that firefighters are “held to a higher standard because they work for the people.” He did not speculate on any job-related consequences for Odom should he be found guilty. .