Man faces life in prison in sex trafficking case
By Teresa Auch-Schultz email@example.com April 18, 2014 7:46PM
Nathan Demar Huey-Dingle of Chicago is charged in Jasper County with murder and in U.S. District Court in Hammond with taking women across state lines for prostitution.
Updated: May 21, 2014 6:34AM
Federal attorneys have dropped two charges but added a new one against a South Bend man who they say beat a prostitute to death on the side of Interstate 65 in Jasper County.
According to a superseding indictment filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, Nathan Demar Huey-Dingle, 32, is now charged with one count each of sex trafficking by force or coercion; violating the Mann Act, which involves transporting someone across state lines for prostitution, and violating the Travel Act, which involves transporting someone across state lines with the intent to break Indiana law by committing aggravated battery resulting in death.
If convicted, Huey-Dingle faces up to life in prison on the two violation counts and up to 10 years on the sex trafficking count.
An arraignment is set for Tuesday. His attorney could not be reached for comment.
The charges are related to the death of a 20-year-old South Bend woman identified only as R.W. According to court records, Huey-Dingle advertised women, including R.W., for sex and would drive them from Illinois to Indiana and other states for sex.
He, R.W. and another woman, J.H., 18, were driving to Indianapolis on Sept. 13, 2012, when they stopped at a gas station on U.S. 20 in Portage. While there, Huey-Dingle started arguing with R.W. and punched her several times in the face and threatened to kill two dogs.
A station employee asked the woman if he should call the police, but the three eventually got back in the vehicle drove away, court filings say.
The trio would stop several more times, however, when Huey-Dingle would beat R.W. even more, to the point where she said she couldn’t walk, J.H. told law enforcement. After the vehicle broke down on I-65 in Jasper County, J.H. said she heard R.W. stop breathing and called police.
Huey-Dingle at first told police that someone else beat R.W. in Chicago and that she was the leader of a prostitution ring, but according to court records, he was the one who advertised their services and was driving them to Indianapolis for prostitution.
Huey-Dingle was originally charged with murder in Jasper County, but those charges were dismissed after he was charged in May in federal court with two counts each of sex trafficking by force and of violating the Mann Act, one for each woman.
The new indictment drops the sex trafficking count involving R.W., however, and the Mann Act violation count involving J.H.