Friday, May 1, 2009

Ft. Meade soldier charged with trafficking girl from Ohio

Original Article from Captial Gazette

A Fort George G. Meade soldier lured a 16-year-old girl from Ohio to Millersville and forced her into prostitution, county police said.
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Spc. Craig Allen Corey, 22, of both Millersville and Fort Meade, was charged Monday with two counts of human trafficking, one count of operating a prostitution business and numerous drug charges. Those charges are in addition to another count of human trafficking filed in February in Baltimore County as part of an unrelated prostitution investigation there.

Corey, an active-duty supply specialist with the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Meade, is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on $25,000 bond. If convicted of just one human trafficking charge, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

The Anne Arundel charges stem from an April 24 raid on a Millersville apartment that was leased in Corey's name. Detectives were investigating an alleged prostitution ring that was advertising on when they found a girl who had been reported missing in Ohio. That girl, who turned 17 April 24, told police Corey forced her into prostitution.

Sgt. James Fredericks, a spokesman for the department, said detectives are still actively investigating what was happening inside Corey's apartment on Millwright Court. He stressed that human trafficking charges are "very unusual" in Anne Arundel County.

"They just don't happen here," he said.

According to court documents, Corey and his girlfriend - who has not been charged with any crimes - brought the teen from Ohio to Maryland to attend a party. When they arrived in Millersville, however, there was no party and the girl said she wanted to go home.

Corey told the girl - who has known his girlfriend for about three years - that she would have to wait a week or two before she could go back to Ohio, police said. While she waited for Corey to take her home, Corey had her pose for an almost-nude photo which was posted on Craigslist, and then had her engage in prostitution, according to the charges.

The girl serviced three clients between April 21 and April 23, police said. The proceeds, however, were split between Corey and his girlfriend. The girl said she did not receive any money, police said.

The girl told police she agreed to the photo and online postings because she was afraid of being thrown out of the apartment. She told them she did it because she did not know where she was and did not have any friends or family in the area.

But the girl said she was free to leave if she could get a ride, according to charges.

According to court documents, this is not the first time a runaway from Ohio has ended up at Corey's apartment. A 19-year-old woman called her parents in January 2009 to say she that was there and that the owner would not let her leave. She said the owner disabled her vehicle.

The woman's parents, along with deputies from the county Sheriff's Department, picked up the girl at the apartment. The woman had a black eye and numerous bruises on her arms and legs, according to court documents. Deputies also said they determined someone removed a wire from her car to disable it.

That runaway, however, would not say what happened, and no charges were filed. Fredericks said county police were not informed of that incident and detectives did not investigate.

Baltimore County police charged Corey with human trafficking Feb. 24 in Baltimore County District Court during a prostitution investigation.

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