Kent Police have arrested former University of Washington basketball player Venoy Overton for allegedly pimping out a young woman in Kent.
We’re told officers observed Overton in an area known for prostitution, yelling at a young woman, and directing her on how to work as a prostitute.
Police contacted the girl, who initially spoke with detectives, but became reluctant to assist them in their investigation, sources tell us.
It’s unclear what led police to finally arrest Overton.
He has not yet been charged.
This is Overton’s second brush with the law this year. In January, a teenage girl accused him of sexually assaulting her at a Central District apartment. King County Prosecutors declined to file sexual assault charges, but the Seattle City Attorney charged Overton with furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Update @ 4:58: Kent PD just sent out a press release on the arrest:
Kent Police have arrested Venoy Overton for second degree Promoting Prostitution, a class C felony punishable by up to 5 years incarceration and a $10,000 fine. The arrest came at 3 P.M. today when Kent detectives located him in a South Seattle neighborhood. The arrest was made without incident.
Kent Police detectives began their investigation of Overton in May when undercover Kent Officers contacted an 18 year old woman for prostitution activity on Pacific Highway South. While speaking with the woman, officers learned that she had been brought to the area by her boyfriend who directed her to perform acts of prostitution. She identified her boyfriend at Venoy Overton. The young woman also told officers that she had been given specific instructions of what sex acts to perform and what to charge, and had returned a portion of the money gained back to Overton. The woman further disclosed that she had been brought to the area to prostitute on two prior occasions.
Following their first meeting with the woman, Kent Detectives obtained additional evidence linking Overton to the crime. “This investigation and arrest highlights the need to continue to aggressively investigate and enforce the laws regarding human trafficking offenses” noted Kent Police Lieutenant Pat Lowery. Overton is now being held at the Kent Corrections Center and is likely to appear before a Judge on Friday.