Barry Paul Manthe, 63, and Ronald James Clark, 63, both of Columbia, were charged in separate criminal complaints that were filed under seal in the U. District Court in Jefferson City, Mo. Those complaints were unsealed following the arrests of Manthe and Clark, who remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing. Both Manthe and Clark are charged with using the Internet to promote a racketeering enterprise, a prostitution business that operated out of a Columbia residence.
The investigation that resulted in these charges also resulted in a federal indictment that was returned on March 22, In a separate but related case, Kenneth Ronald Jones, 25, of Columbia, was charged in an eight-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City. Jones is charged with three counts of transportation for illegal sexual activity by coercion and enticement. The indictment alleges that Jones induced three victims to travel across state lines to engage in prostitution and illicit sexual activity between May 1 and June 1, The indictment also charges Jones with three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.
She was located at a residence in Columbia on that day and removed by law enforcement agents. According to L. Jones allegedly found photographs of other female on the Internet and gave them to Manthe to post with the ad.
Clark applied the door fee income to the monthly bills, then split the remaining profit between himself and Manthe. Within a few minutes of arriving at a Columbia residence that was used as a brothel, the affidavits say, a man arrived soliciting prostitution. This man selected L. Although Jones knew that L. V was 18 years old so she would be allowed to work there.
Jones said he was not playing games, and that C. Jones became increasingly verbally abusive and cruel, the affidavit says, and pressured L. Jones did not care, the affidavit says, and instructed L. She feared repercussions from Jones if she attempted to leave him. Before he left, the affidavit says, Jones instructed L. Jones was arrested when he returned from Milwaukee for a Boone County court appearance on an unrelated matter on Feb.
Larson cautioned that these charges are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt.
Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence. These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U. Attorney Ashley S. You are here U. Attorneys » Western District of Missouri » News. Department of Justice.
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