Baltimore County detectives checked advertisements on the website Backpage.com this week in a St. Patrick's Day prostitution sting that ended in the arrest of two men — one the son of a prominent Baltimore attorney — on human trafficking charges, court documents show.
Matthew Warren Brown, 25, of Baltimore — a former Temple University running back and son of defense attorney Warren Brown — and Anthony Leon Eley Jr., 30, of Milford Mill face multiple charges related to prostitution and human trafficking. Authorities allege they brought three girls — ages, 14, 16 and 17 — to a Woodlawn hotel for prostitution.
According to documents filed in Maryland District Court in Towson, members of the Baltimore County police vice unit set up a sting operation Tuesday at the Best Western Hotel on Belmont Avenue in Woodlawn. An undercover detective checked Baltimore.backpage.com under the escorts section and arranged to meet someone, who said she was 23, at the hotel that evening.
Three girls showed up in the hotel room, according to the court documents. They came to the hotel in a silver Mercedes-Benz driven by Brown, the documents allege. Eley also was in the car.
According to the court documents, Brown told police he met the three girls on North Avenue in East Baltimore and drove them to a hotel whose name he couldn't remember. He then drove them to the Best Western. He told police he didn't know the girls were engaged in prostitution or that they were underage.
The three girls were interviewed by members of the FBI Child Sexual Exploitation Task Force, according to the documents. Cpl. John Wachter, a spokesman for the county Police Department, said they face no charges and have been referred to social services.
Eley also was charged this month with assaulting a police officer and second-degree burglary after he was accused of smashing the glass in a front door of a Catonsville business and forcing it open, police said.
No attorney was listed in court records for Brown or Eley. Both men have been released on bond. Police announced their arrests Thursday.
Warren Brown could not be reached for comment.
Matthew Brown was a Big East Special Teams Player of the Year and finished second in all-purpose yards, in rushing and receiving, as a walk-on at Temple. He played backup to Bernard Pierce, the Baltimore Ravens running back who was cut this week after a drunken-driving arrest in Towson.
Brown, an undrafted 5-foot-5-inch 165-pounder, was signed as a kick returner by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 before being released.
Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this article.