Federal prosecutors have taken on the case of a Baltimore City firefighter accused of running a prostitution ring, alleging that he lured women to the city to work for him from as far away as Texas and South Dakota.
Prosecutors say Jamar Simmons, 30, and his partner, Franklin Roosevelt Coit, 34, had been bringing women into Maryland since 2009. In March 2012, Simmons found a woman online, identified in the indictment only as C.F., and with Coit arranged for her to be brought from South Dakota to work as a prostitute, prosecutors allege.
Another prostitute, identified as N.H., was hired by the two men when she was under the age of 18, according to the indictment. The pair ran a brothel in a warehouse in the 200 block of S. Pulaski St., prosecutors say, and also arranged meetings with prostitutes at hotel rooms.
In an indictment handed up Wednesday, Simmons and Coit are charged with conspiracy, transporting people between states for prostitution and sex trafficking of a minor. Coit also faces a gun charge.
The Baltimore state's attorney's office charged the two men on the basis of similar accusations about the brothel last July, but the allegations about transporting women from different states are new. At that time, Simmons was put on unpaid leave from the Fire Department. He also received probation before judgment in a Baltimore County prostitution case in 2010.
Warren A. Brown, Simmons' attorney in the state case, has previously denied the allegations but could not immediately be reached. With the case now in federal court, William R. Buie III will represent Simmons but could not be reached.
Margaret Mead, who represents Coit, said her client denies all the allegations.
"We will deal with it in the judicial system," she said.
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