Gary man admits sex trafficking
BY Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org December 7, 2012 3:50PM
Updated: January 9, 2013 6:08AM
A Gary man will face up to 10 years in prison in exchange for pleading guilty to prostituting a woman across state lines.
In exchange, federal attorneys will drop four other sex trafficking charges against Montell Williams, 32, according to a plea agreement filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.
The agreement comes just a day after a superseding indictment was filed with three new charges.
Williams was charged in October after Gary police found three women living with him who reported that he had taken them across state lines for prostitution.
The scheme started when Williams lived in Calumet City, Ill., and he met the first woman. He would have her work at nearby motels, according to court records. A second woman joined them before he moved to Gary in April 2011. The third woman moved in earlier this year.
Along with taking the women to Illinois and even Georgia for prostitution, according to a search warrant, Williams also beat the women. One woman was beaten to the point that she broke two ribs and had to be taken a hospital with other wounds.
A change of plea hearing had not been set as of Friday afternoon.