Evanston man accused of pimping, beating young runaway

Tribune reporter

An Evanston man was ordered held on $600,000 bail today and accused of sexually assaulting and severely beating a 14-year-old runaway he allegedly forced into prostitution.

Donzell Mintz, 21, was charged with involuntary sexual servitude of a minor, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated domestic battery, according to a press release from the Cook County state's attonery's office.

Mintz befriended the teen in late August when she ran away from home on the city's South Side, prosecutors said. He offered her a place to stay and then they moved to the northern suburb of Evanston a few days later, the release said.

Once the two moved to Evanston, he forced her into selling drugs and prostitution. Over the course of three weeks, Mintz had sexual intercourse with the girl on several occasions, the release said.

On Sept.18, the two had gotten into an argument and Mintz struck the teen in the face, breaking her jaw and knocking out several of her teeth. She underwent surgery to repair the damage, the release said. 

Mintz, who is on parole for a 2011 aggravated battery conviction, was ordered held without bail for violating his parole and ordered held on $600,000 for the recent charges. 

His next court date was scheduled for Oct. 16.


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