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Soldier pleads guilty to sex and drug trafficking charges

Used social networking sites to recruit teens as prostitutes

BALTIMORE -A U.S. Army private stationed in suburban Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to running a sex and drug trafficking business from his apartment in Millersville, Md.

Craig Allen Corey II, 23, of Chillicothe, Ohio, is the fourth suspect to plead in the case.

The guilty plea was announced by U. S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Chief James Teare, Sr. of the Anne Arundel County Police Department; Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee; Brigadier General Colleen L. McGuire of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and Chief Roger Moore of the Chillicothe Police Department.

According to Corey's plea, from January to April, 2009, he conspired with Jacob Tyler and others to conduct a prostitution business from an apartment in Millersville. In early 2009, Corey frequently traveled from his Army assignment at Fort Meade, Md., to his hometown of Chillicothe. From Chillicothe and the surrounding areas, Corey began to recruit co-conspirators and females to assist in his Maryland prostitution operation.

Corey also recruited females from Watertown, N.Y., where he had been stationed at Fort Drum, and used the internet to recruit females from other states, such as Virginia.

Corey, Tyler and others transported, and enticed to travel, at least 12 individuals from these states to Maryland. Once in Maryland, the individuals were photographed both unclothed and partially clothed, and were given an alias. The photos and the aliases were used in Craigslist ads offering the individuals for sex acts. These ads were posted from Corey's laptop. Corey maintained a Washington, D.C., phone number listed in the Craigslist ads for sex customers to call. Corey and his co-conspirators also used MySpace, YouTube and other web-based social networking services to recruit females to serve as prostitutes and to promote their prostitution business.

During the week of April 19, 2009, Corey traveled from Ohio to Maryland with numerous individuals, including Jane Doe 2, who he knew was 16 years old at the time. Between April 20 and April 24, 2009, Corey and his co-conspirators placed at least seven ads for sexual services on Craigslist for Jane Doe 2.

Corey received a percentage of all prostitution earnings. These earnings could range in the thousands of dollars per week. Corey spent his earnings on electronics, clothes, car accessories and other items.

Corey also used prostitution earnings to buy ecstasy and BZP from a drug dealer in Detroit, Michigan. Corey consumed and distributed the drugs, which also included marijuana, Xanax and Percocet, to females in order to motivate them to prostitute, to sex and drug customers, and to associates in Ohio and Maryland.

Two of Corey's co-conspirators, Jacob Tyler and Robert Harris, brought illegal firearms into the apartment which Corey and others used to further the sex and drug trafficking operations. In addition, Corey was aware that, and was at times present when, two females were beaten when they refused to provide their prostitution earnings to the co-conspirators. Because of the beatings, the two females continued to prostitute.

Corey faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of life in prison on each of two counts for sex trafficking by force; a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison for sex trafficking of a minor; a maximum of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute drugs, the distribution of BZP and enticement to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution; a maximum of 10 years in prison for interstate transportation for prostitution; and a maximum of five years in prison for conspiracy to prostitute. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz has scheduled his sentencing for April 28, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Jacob Tyler, 23, of Chillicothe pleaded guilty on March 10, 2010, to his participation in the operation of the sex and drug trafficking business. Robert Harris, a/k/a "Little Rob," 21, and Richard Johnson, 23, both of Chillicothe, pleaded guilty to similar charges. All three will be sentenced on April 30, 2010.

The case was investigated by the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, which was formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members. For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Human-Trafficking/index.html.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Solette Magnelli, who is prosecuting the case.