CEO of FD firm pleads guilty in sting

DES MOINES – The chief executive officer of a Fort Dodge construction company has pleaded guilty to prostitution charges stemming from an incident last October.

William L. Woodruff, of Ames, pleaded guilty to prostitution on Monday in Polk County District Court.

He was given a deferred judgment, which means the incident will not appear on his criminal record.

Online court records indicated Woodruff also received a $625 civil penalty and one year of probation. He was also ordered to complete 35 hours of community service.

Woodruff, the CEO of Woodruff Construction, was charged with prostitution in October. The criminal complaint against him said Woodruff paid for a sex act on Oct 17.

His arrest was part of a sting operation in Polk County that eventually led to 53 arrests, including Woodruff.

The purpose of the investigation was to both stop criminal activity and to see if there was any human trafficking, according to Polk County Attorney John Sarcone.

The operation was a multi-agency effort that included the Polk County sheriff’s office and Mid Iowa Narcotics Investigation.

Woodruff Construction company was founded in 1956 in Fort Dodge as Woodruff-Evans Construction. The company has offices in Fort Dodge, Ames and Iowa City.