A 30-year-old man is facing pimping charges after vice detectives arrested him during a sting at a downtown hotel earlier this month, where police found that he’d been staying with a 17-year-old girl.
According to court records, a seemingly run of the mill vice investigation led police to Anthony Micheal Terry, 30, after a detective responded to an ad on Backpage.com on May 6th, and set up an appointment with a 32-year-old woman advertising as a “New Sexy Latina Special”
Detective Trent Bergmann called a number in the ad and set up a half-hour appointment with a woman, told the detective $150 would get him “everything except anal,” police records say.
Det. Bergmann met the woman in her 14th floor room at the Warwick Hotel on 4th and Lenora, identified himself as a police officer and arrested the woman.
Det. Bergmann interviewed the woman, who told him how she’d met Terry at a club, where she told the woman “she could make a lot of money working as a prostitute for him,” police records say.
Several days later, she met with Terry—who she knew as “Mack”—and a 17-year-old girl, “Summer,” who bought her lingerie, supplied her with condoms, and told her “how much to charge customers for various sex acts.” During the meeting, court records say “Mack” told the woman he would keep all of the money she made from prostitution.
The woman then told the detective her pimp, Terry was staying in the hotel with another younger girl, and said she would text message Terry and ask him to come up to her room. When Terry arrived, police arrested him, and later searched his room, where they found the 17-year-old girl.
Court records say Terry has previous convictions for robbery, auto theft, drug possession, drive-by shooting, and weapons possession.
At a city council meeting late last month, detectives from SPD’s vice unit told the council they are in the process of changing the name of the Vice unit to the “Vice/High Risk Victims Unit.” Detectives told the council the vice squad will primarily focus on “recovering” juveniles caught up in prostitution.