Austintown Police: Prostitute claimed he struggles to pay bills

Officers arranged an undercover sex sting and arrested the Warren man at the California Palms Hotel

Latroy McMillian, charged with prostitution in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Officers in Austintown arrested a Warren man they found under the transsexual section of a website promoting prostitution, according to a police report.

An undercover investigation of advertisements on Backpage.com led officers to 22-year-old Latroy McMillian’s profile, police said. McMillian went by the name “Tommie” and his profile appeared under the transsexual escort section.

Officers arranged a meeting at the California Palms Hotel and Suites on State Route 46, near Interstate 80.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, McMillian arrived and introduced himself as “Tommie.” Police arrested him in the hotel lobby.

He told officers he prostituted himself to pay the bills and had only been doing it for a short period of time, according to the police report.

Police found lubrication and condoms in McMillian’s pocket, according to the report.

Officers said they found about 17 text conversations related to prostitution on McMillian’s cell phone.

Police said they also found multiple postings McMillian made on Backpage.com over the past year.

He is charged with soliciting and possession of criminal tools.

McMillian pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday morning. He is scheduled to go back to court for a pretrial hearing on January 23.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s