Addtional charges filed against man accused of trafficking in minors
Thu, 05 May 2011 18:00:25 GMT —
Roy Calhoun of Toledo is in the Lucas County Jail, awaiting trial on charges of recruiting females -- including minors -- and forcing them to work as prostitutes. On Thursday, U.S. District Attorney Scott M. Dettelbach added charges of distributing drugs and initimidating witnesses.
"This defendent is accused of trying to continue to run his criminal enterprise from behind bars," Dettelbach said. "There's no place for this kind of behavior in society."
Roy "Lucky" Calhoun, 28, was arrested in November 2010 and accused of recruiting women to work as prostitutes between 2007 and 2010. Calhoun would beat and assault the females who worked for him and threatened those who left or attempted to quit working prostitutes, according to the indictment.
The two new indictments stem from activities that took place after Calhoun was arrested. A new indictment adds Shaina M. Perry, 21; Carrie L Schuster, 23; and Velda R. Travis, 50, all of Toledo.
Calhoun, Perry, Schuster, and Travis are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice.
According to the indictment, in November 2010 through January 2011, Calhoun contacted Perry, Schuster, and Travis from jail and directed them to contact witnesses and potential witnesses to influence or withhold testimony.
In one instance, Calhoun instructed Perry to contact the boyfriend of a potential witness to tell that witness that she should say she was "Out there doing [prostitution] on her hown," according to the indictment.
In another instance, Calhoun instructed Perry to send a message to codefendant Marissa Mayers that "they can beat this if they stick together," and Mayers "should not make any deals." Calhoun told Perry she should advise Mayers, "no face, no case." according to the indictment.
In a separate indictment Calhoun, Perry, and Travis were charged along with Charles "Chubb" Travis, Jr., 49, of Toledo; Monica Velasquez, 35, of Fostoria; and Justin Hill, 20, of Toledo; with conspiracy with intent to distribute Oxycodone, Oxycontin, and Percocet.
While in federal custody on the sex trafficking charge, federal authorities allege that Calhoun arranged for the defendants to purchase and sell Oxycodone, Oxycontin, and Percocet pills. They allege that the defendants then split the profits from the illegal sales among themselves and delivered some of the proceeds to Calhoun at the Lucas County Jail.
These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James V. Moroney following an investigation by the Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force.