Court documents paint Jamar Simmons as a modern-day pimp who used online advertisements to lure johns to a Southwest apartment, where a stable of women under Simmons' employ would have sex with them for cash. His lawyer says the apartment was simply a "clubhouse" for Simmons and his buddies to party in after city bars closed.
The former chief executive of Severna Park-based Wings to Go pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud for embezzling more than $885,000 from the franchise company to pay prostitutes in Maryland and three Texas women for telephone sex.
During a third undercover operation this month in Linthicum, detectives with the Anne Arundel County police department's vice unit arrested a 19-year-old California woman with prostitution and possession of marijuana.
For a second time this month, the Anne Arundel County police's vice unit has arrested a woman for prostitution during an undercover operation targeting solicitation activities in Linthicum's hotels area, near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.
A Baltimore firefighter has been charged with running an online prostitution ring and an unlicensed after-hours club in a Southwest Baltimore warehouse, according to court records and the fire department.
The head of Wings to Go, a franchise restaurant company in Severna Park that has outlets in 12 states and Washington, was indicted Tuesday for embezzling $885,000 from the company, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore reported.
The Abell Foundation has awarded the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office a grant worth nearly$128,000, which will be used to "double the capacity" of ant anti-prostitution program, top prosecutor Gregg Bernstein announced Thursday.
The Sun has invited participants in the Occupy Baltimore protest to submit occasional articles describing their experiences, ideas and goals. This one, from Baltimore resident Jenny Gaeng, provides one protester's perspective on a memo circulated at the protest that drew criticism for apparently suggesting that any allegations of sexual assault at the encampment be handled internally and that victims not call police.
An FBI subcommittee made recommendations Tuesday at a meeting in Baltimore to create a new federal definition of rape, moving the agency a step closer to updating the way it counts sex crimes for the first time in more than 80 years.
The ad campaign the city launched this week, based on the message that rape isn't the victim's fault, is important both for women who have been afraid to speak out and for police officers who still may not believe it
City officials announced a campaign to encourage rape victims to come forward, part of continuing reforms since The Baltimore Sun revealed that police were discarding rape reports at the highest rate in the country.
The FBI is moving to change the federal definition of rape for the first time in 80 years, which authorities and women's advocacy groups hope will lead to improved tracking of the crime and an attitude shift among investigators. Critics have maintained that the current definition is archaic, too narrow, and leaves crimes uncounted in police statistics, resulting in fewer resources for victims and law enforcement.