A Millersville man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that involved luring a 16-year-old from her Ohio home to take her to a "party" and then forcing her to work as a prostitute in his apartment.
Craig Allen Corey II, 23, of Chillicothe, Ohio, who had been stationed at Fort Meade, pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.
Corey was charged last April, after Anne Arundel County police raided his apartment in the 600 block of Millwright Court. An ad on the Web site Craigslist led an undercover officer to the apartment, where a woman took off her clothes for $100. On a signal from the officer, other policemen raided the apartment and arrested Corey.
He recruited women from his Chillicothe hometown and Watertown, N.Y., where he previously had been stationed at Fort Drum, as well as women from other states using the Internet, according to a news release from the federal prosecutors. He and another man, Jacob Tyler, 23, of Chillicothe enlisted at least 12 women to come to Maryland to be prostitutes, according to the news release. Once in the state, they were photographed both unclothed and partially clothed, and were given aliases, which were advertised on Craigslist using Corey's laptop.
MySpace, YouTube and other social networking sites were used by Corey to recruit women and advertise the business, including at least seven ads offering sexual acts with a 16-year-old on Craigslist, prosecutors said.
Corey received a percentage of the profits, earnings thousands of dollars per week, buying Ecstasy and BZP, a drug similar to Ecstasy. He used the drugs, which also included marijuana, Xanax and Percoset, and gave them to the women and customers, the release said.
Corey's sentencing is scheduled for April 28. He faces up to life in prison if convicted on charges that include sex trafficking, distributing drugs and interstate commerce to engage in sex with a minor.
Tyler pleaded guilty on March 10 to his involvement. Robert Harris, 21, and Richard Johnson, 23, both of Chillicothe, pleaded guilty to similar charges related to their involvement in sex and drug trafficking. All three defendants are scheduled for sentencing on April 30.