A 19-year-old Laurel man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of robbing prostitutes while posing as a police officer investigating human trafficking, prosecutors said.
Federal prosecutors say Ajibola Erogbogbo, who was working as a security guard at Six Flags, admitted to setting up "dates" with prostitutes at hotels, then identifying himself as an officer and robbing them.
His plea agreement outlines three such robberies. He would arrive wearing a vest that read "POLICE" and carrying a metallic badge with a weapon in a holster. He handcuffed or threatened to handcuff the women, demanded money, and made them write down their phone numbers and information on a yellow notepad.
In one incident, he told a victim who had no money that the "only way" to avoid arrest was to have sex with him, prosecutors say.
Victims notified the Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force, who arrested Erogbogbo on Feb. 20, 2014 as he tried to flee a Laurel City hotel. He was wearing his Six Flags Loss Prevention badge and was carrying a BB gun that appeared to be a Smith & Wesson handgun.
Erogbobo faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in June.