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U.S. Army soldier sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for operating a brothel from apartment, drug trafficking

BALTIMORE - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Craig Allen Corey II, 23, of Chillicothe, Ohio, today to 210 months in prison followed by supervised release for life for running a sex and drug trafficking business from his apartment in Millersville, Md. Corey pleaded guilty on April 1, 2010, to sex trafficking by force, sex trafficking of a minor; conspiracy to distribute drugs, the distribution of BZP, enticement to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution, interstate transportation for prostitution and conspiracy to prostitute.

The sentence 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 (ICE); 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, the Provost Marshal General of the Army and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command; and Chief Roger Moore of the Chillicothe Police Department.

"Forcing women into prostitution for the purpose of turning a profit is not only criminal, it is simply intolerable," said William Winter, special agent in charge of ICE in Baltimore. "ICE is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to investigate human trafficking, as well as working with our local non-governmental, community-based, and faith-based organizations to identify, rescue and assist victims of trafficking."

According to Corey's plea documents, from January to April 2009, he conspired with Jacob Tyler, Robert Harris, Richard Johnson 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 to assist with his Maryland prostitution operation. Corey also recruited females from Watertown, N.Y., where he had previously been stationed at Fort Drum, and used the Internet to recruit females from other states, such as Virginia.

Corey, Harris, Johnson, 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 and which 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 earnings from sex customers answering these ads.

Corey also 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 (a drug which has a stimulant effect on the central nervous system similar to that of ecstasy) from a drug dealer in Detroit, Mich. Corey consumed and distributed the drugs, which also included marijuana, Xanax and Percoset, 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. Corey and others used these firearms to further their 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 continue to provide their prostitution earnings to the co-conspirators. As a result of the beatings, the two females continued to prostitute.

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 defendants are scheduled for sentencing on April 30, 2010.

The case was investigated by the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force 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 prosecuted the case.