Even after he was arrested in April, alleged pimp Jeremy Mack continued to try to control the people involved in the prostitution ring he is accused of running out of his Elyria home, according to new charges against Mack and his alleged co-conspirator, Ashley Onysko, handed down by a federal grand jury Wednesday.
Mack, 37, has been in custody since Elyria police raided the Tattersall Court house he was renting on April 9. But on May 28 he allegedly told his son, Toby Lewis, to “among other things, stick with the script” when testifying before the Federal Grand Jury,” according to the new indictment, which charges Mack with two counts of tampering with a witness, victim or informant.
Lewis, 18, skipped his scheduled arraignment on drug possession and trafficking charges in Lorain County Common Pleas Court last week and there is a warrant out for his arrest, according to court records.
Mack and Onysko, 23, both face charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking.
The indictment also said that Mack asked people he knew “to provide Ashley M. Onysko with money to purchase personal items and to advise her not to ‘flip,’ i.e., to speak with federal law enforcement officers.”
He also allegedly discussed the case with one of the women he is accused of forcing into prostitution on May 11 and during the conversation, the woman asked Mack “how she should tell the truth during the investigation without incriminating anyone, and Jeremy Mack responded that they would talk about that.”
He also later told the woman not to speak with the FBI and “not to make incriminating statements against him,” the indictment said.
Mack, who has an extensive criminal record, allegedly ruled the prostitution ring through fear and intimidation. In one instance, he brandished a gun in front of some of the women and another time choked one of the victims and threatened to kill her, according to the indictment.
The first round of federal charges against Mack and Onysko had accused them of forcing two young women, including a 16-year-old girl, into working as prostitutes. The new charges add two additional victims who were likewise compelled to work as prostitutes.
Mack also picked up new charges for allegedly trafficking in cocaine and heroin.
Court documents, including an FBI affidavit, have said that Mack would lure his victims into his prostitution ring by selling them drugs. When they couldn’t pay for the heroin and cocaine, he would offer to have sex with them in exchange for giving them their fix.
Finally, Mack would inform the women that they would be working as prostitutes for him, according to federal investigators. Onysko would then create online advertisements for the women on websites such as Backpage.com and set up meetings between the women and clients in local hotel rooms.
Onysko then allegedly drove the women to the hotels, often taking drugs with her to give to the women before their sexual encounters so they would be able to perform for their clients. Some victims have said they had as many as 10 clients in a day.
In addition to handling the logistics of setting up the meetings and transporting the prostitutes, Onysko also allegedly managed the books for the operation, keeping detailed accounts of how much money the victims owed Mack for their drug debts.
Federal prosecutors have said that none of the women forced into prostitution will be charged in the case.
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