BALTIMORE, Md.--The arrest of Jamar Marvin Simmons, a/k/a “Mar,” age 30, of Baltimore, was ordered Feb. 13 on sex trafficking charges after a federal grand jury indicted him and Franklin Roosevelt Coit, a/k/a “Frank,” and “Nitty,” age 34, of Baltimore who is already in police custody.
According to the six-count indictment, from July 2009 through July 2012, Simmons, a Baltimore firefighter, and Coit established and operated a brothel in Baltimore City, and rented hotel rooms and another dwelling in Maryland that were also used for prostitution.
Prosecutors said Simmons and Coit falsely advertised positions online for exotic dancing and an escort service to recruit females, including at least one minor female, from inside and outside the state of Maryland and arranged to transport the women from various locations outside Maryland, including Delaware, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, South Dakota, and Virginia to Maryland to engage in prostitution.
A statement by the U.S. attorney in Baltimore said the indictment alleges that the defendants took sexually explicit photographs of the females they recruited, used a computer to post the photographs on the “escort” section of an online advertising website, and listed telephone numbers on the website where the females could be reached to schedule a “date,” or a commercial sex act.
According to the indictment, Simmons and Coit collected and shared the cash proceeds of the prostitution business and used a firearm and ammunition to protect the prostitution business and its cash proceeds.
The two men face maximum sentences of five years in prison for conspiracy; a maximum of life in prison for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking; a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison for sex trafficking of a minor; 20 years in prison for enticing or coercing individuals to engage in prostitution; and 10 years in prison for interstate transportation for the purpose of prostitution.
Coit also faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Coit is detained on state charges.