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: June 24, 2014 8:10AM
For 18 months, Nathan Huey-Dingle used threats and violence to force two women into prostitution, once smashing one woman’s head into a car window four times, according to federal prosecutors.
That force finally killed the woman in September 2012, and now Huey-Dingle, 32, of South Bend, will plead guilty to federal charges related to interstate sex trafficking and receive a 45-year prison term, according to a plea agreement filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hammond. A plea hearing had not been set as of Thursday.
In addition, Jasper County officials have agreed to drop a murder case against him in exchange for the guilty plea in the federal case.
The women are referred to in the agreement as R.W. and J.H. Huey-Dingle says in the document that he recruited R.W. in January 2011 to prostitute for him and that they advertised her services on sites such as Craigslist. He would then drive her to and from Indiana and Illinois so she could meet clients at various hotels.
“I sometimes used force to get R.W. to do what I wanted, for example once slamming her head into the passenger side window of a car approximately four times with my hand,” he says in the agreement.
He later recruited another woman, known as J.H., in July 2012 and admits he knew he would use force and coercion to get her to have sex for money.
The violence came to a head on Sept. 12, 2012, when Huey-Dingle was driving the women from Chicago to Indianapolis for more prostitution, refusing J.H.’s request to be taken home. Huey-Dingle says in the agreement that R.W. became jealous of him touching J.H. and locked herself in a gas station bathroom when they stopped in Portage.
Huey-Dingle was able to get into the bathroom, where he punched R.W. several times.
The three continued driving, although Huey-Dingle would stop two more times in secluded areas to beat and kick R.W.
According to other court filings, J.H. told police that Huey-Dingle hurt R.W. so bad she couldn’t walk and that, as they were driving, she heard R.W. take one last breath before she died on the side of Interstate 65 in Jasper County.