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Court date set for suspended city firefighter charged with running prostitution ring

A Baltimore grand jury has indicted Jamar Simmons and Franklin Coit on charges of running a prostitution ring in southwest Baltimore, and a court date has been set for November, according to court officials.

Simmons and Coit were scheduled to appear in Baltimore district court on Thursday before Judge Jack Lesser, but the indictment moves the case to circuit court, where serious felony cases are tried.

Simmons and Coit are scheduled to appear on Nov. 1 before Circuit Court Judge Jeannie Hong, according to documents presented to Judge Lesser.

Simmons, 29, is a Baltimore firefighter who was suspended without pay this summer, after he was charged with running a prostitution ring out of a renovated apartment in Carrollton Ridge. Coit, 33, is Simmons' co-defendant. Both were arrested July 9. Neither man appeared in court on Thursday.

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