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.