August 21, 2014

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Man convicted in connection with online prostitution ring

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A federal jury has convicted Jeremy Mack of sex trafficking, conspiracy and other charges in connection with an online prostitution ring he was accused of operating out of a rented Tattersall Court home before his arrest by Elyria police last year.

The jury began deliberations this morning following a trial that wrapped up last week.

Mack was accused by prosecutors of luring women, including a 16-year-old girl, into his sex-for-cash business by offering them free drugs before beginning to charge them. Once the women couldn’t afford to pay him, Mack began forcing them to prostitute themselves, according to court documents.

His co-defendant, Ashely Onysko, told authorities that she would post online advertisements for the women, transport them to hotels for rendezvous with clients and kept a ledger that tracked how much in debt the victims were to Mack. The women told police he used threats and violence to control them.

Onysko has already pleaded guilty in the case and cooperated with the investigation.

Mack is scheduled to be sentenced May 29, according to Mike Tobin, spokesman for U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Steven Dettelbach.

Read Wednesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.

  • Zen Grouch

    Seriously doubt this guy’s actual last name is Mack…

    …But if it is, I guess he was born into the life.

    **Call me MISTER Mack Daddy, B**ch!**

    • beety

      Unfortunately, it is his real name… and probably makes him feel more awesome. Check out the family tree, full of ” good” people!

    • Zen_Grouch

      Wait I know this guy – he’s not the leader, he’s a male prostitute himself!
      I know this for a fact from first HAND experience.
      Beety, I’ve been meaning to tell you something…

  • DonMega

    Pimpin ain’t easy just ask Mack.

  • Arietta Sullivan

    i don’t see how 1 man could force these women to prostitute.he was in the wrong but so was the women&even the 16 year old. it seems at any given time,1 of them,could have got a hold of the police but such harsh addictions,to their choice of drug,stops that commonsense.i don’t see why none of the women got charged too..they were all old enough to know right from wrong.they chose to stay in contact with him.come on..1 man&he Forced??,when they were coming&leaving away from him. they enjoyed ‘giving rides’ while he ‘gets a ride’ and they all should have taken a ride.

    • HankKwah

      You go from wondering how he could have power over them, and not knowing how, to condemning these women and wishing they were charged.

      “The women told police he used threats and violence to control them.”

      Did you not read the above sentence? Maybe you should try showing a little more compassion to the victims.

      • Arietta Sullivan

        at any given time when these women met their ‘johns’ they could have asked for help.i’m sure the man or that ashley woman wasn’t in the motel room with their prostitutes,there was no verbal threats&violence,at these times. they are addicted to heavy drugs that kept them in this type of activity.prostituting is illegal too&that’s why i FEEL they should get arrested,not WISH.

        • Zen_Grouch

          Yeah for Arietta. One bright light with a grasp on semantics in this forum of self-righteous darkness (me included).

        • HankKwah

          Do you really think the kinds of men that go to prostitutes are going to help them out? Do you think these women, being high while meeting with the “johns” will come across as believable? Do you think the men want to risk having to explain WHY they know these things, which would mean admitting that they paid a prostitute? Hope all you want, but these women, unfortunately, put themselves in a horrible situation, due to their addictions, and Mack had them between a rock and a hard place. Make him angry and get beat or killed, or try to escape and either get beat or killed, or end up without their drug of choice. Really great choices, aren’t they?

          • Arietta Sullivan

            yes they did put themselves in a bad situation because of their addictions.i do have heart for these types of women who chooses this type of lifestyle.i get where you are coming from but you can read deeper into my thoughts on the subject,if CT posts my comment i made back to ‘Jz’.i look at it like this..i would have tried anything to get help if i felt i was being forced to do something i didn’t want to do,high or not.if i felt my life was in danger then that right there would have my adrenaline bumping to escape the ‘victimizing’ situation. i didn’t read anything about a gun,correct me if i’m wrong.if i’m right,well,personally,as this ashley is driving me to my ‘next tragic’ event,i would,at least,take a chance of opening up that car door&doing a tuck&roll.or even had a chance to write a little note to give to the motel clerk,somehow.i don’t know but i would try to get out of a forceful situation,bottom line.no one complained until badges started to flash then fingers went pointing to,only,the crimes..Mack had but his crimes corresponds to the women’s crimes&vice versa.he did deserve the time for his crimes but prostitution is illegal&it was not literally forced in this situation.

          • It has to stop

            You can say you would do all of this but unless you’re a drug addict just wanting that next fix and fearing for your life on top of it you can’t for sure know what you would do.
            This animal needs to be put away for ever. The women need all the support and help they can get.

          • Arietta Sullivan

            true i guess..&yes the dude needs put away.i pray for the women to get the help they need..next time,they may have a worse situation so hope it’s their ‘hit rock bottom’ so they can climb up&out of it.

          • HankKwah

            Did you not see where I said if they tried to escape, they run the risk of being beaten or killed, not to mention there’s no way they’d get medical attention from doing a “tuck & roll” out of the car. They were stuck. Period.

            You obviously aren’t looking at this from their point of view, being addicted to drugs, and being threatened with their lives if they don’t pay off their debts. Take a second and really think about the situation before you post like you did above next time.

          • Arietta Sullivan

            i understand what you’re saying but i guess everybody is different when it comes to reacting with being threaten&beaten etc. and wanting to live. the way i’m reading into it is the drugs is what kept them with the ‘Mack’ dude&the prostitution is what they have been doing all along for their drugs.I’m sure if they were sober then maybe they would’ve had the fight in them. i’ve been in the similar situation but with a different type of crime but more severe,at 7 years old.&more so where i was,actually/literally FORCED&i was STUCK&i was THREATEN and guess what i tried to,still,run,i,still,tried to scream&the very first person i came in contact,after the incident, heard me asking for help. i saw it like this..how can you(the criminal) hurt me with your threats,if you’re in jail/prison.so i guess in the long run, the harsh drugs contributed to the whole incident for them.

          • beety

            You sure do know a lot about the plight of being a prostitute.

          • HankKwah

            Your mom’s a nice person.

          • beety

            She sure is… do you know her? That’s a really good comeback by the way… I expected as much out of you. You are truly an awesome person… gafl!! Don’t you have something more important to whine about?

          • HankKwah

            If you were the least bit literate, you’d have never put your fingers to the keyboard. That said, you started this, and I finished it. You want to push it any farther, you’ll be as sad as the other clowns that thought they were snide, and found out they didn’t match up.

            Go back and read my comments on the story slowly, and you’ll see the info I’ve discussed was all gleaned from the article. NOT prostitutes specifically, but the women that were victimized by this POS. And you’ll also see (might be challenging to you) there’s not the least bit of whine in any of those posts, but me chastising someone that shouldn’t have been critical of the victims.

          • beety

            Are you threatening me you whiner?

          • HankKwah

            Nope, calling you out for the ignorant failure you are.

            You must be one of those cryin’ little you-know-whats that I embarrassed somewhere in the past, and you changed your name so you could start anew.

            Congrats on failing yet again. It’s funny how clowns like you think you can pull it off, but you tip your hand right off the bat. Pathetic, and sad. You should just step away from the keyboard now, before you hurt yourself more.

          • beety

            Are you going to cry now?

          • HankKwah

            Didn’t realize I was sad or close to crying.

            Only trolls like you cry and whimper when you get put in your place.

            So, which troll did you use to post under? Nothing you’ve said or done is original, which is no surprise.

          • beety

            I’m an original… never been under any other name. It’s ok to cry … it lets the sad out :.( thanks for taking the bait…. I’m sorry you had to be a prostitute.

          • HankKwah

            I feel the same about your mom.

            And she wasn’t that nice, either. I guess that’s where you got it from. And she let lots of sad out about you.

            Too bad you disappointed her after all those things she did for you. Looks like you’re the one that needs to let some sad out. Because you and your troll mentality are very sad.

            LMAO

          • beety

            Your comebacks are sad… even my mom thinks so.

          • HankKwah

            That’s not what she told me. But then, I couldn’t understand her, for obvious reasons.

            Maybe it’s time for you to cry.

          • beety

            That’s cool that all you can do is resort to talking about my mom… sad a$$ comebacks just like I said! Maybe one day you will move out of your mom’s house, but until then make sure you write your name on the orange juice! Try to raise your prices ! GAFL!

          • HankKwah

            Must’ve hit a nerve, you came back and replied twice.

            Now who’s sad, troll-boi? I’m done with you, too. You start something, and then cry when put in your place. I know you won’t apologize for being out of line, but at least I know you’re sad.

            LMAO

          • beety

            Another sad comeback …. The only thing out of line is your back from your prostitution days…

          • beety

            I see… you are probably sleeping! Lights out early at the halfway house! You keep chugging! Just because you are a prostitute doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have dreams and hopes!

          • Arietta Sullivan

            you can chastise all you want..you have that right to your opinion,on the matter&as much as i have my right to my opinion. you’re not wrong,i’m not wrong..you’re not right&i’m not right..and victims???? ok if you say so…

          • HankKwah

            You judged, I didn’t. You have no idea what they went through. You can’t equate ANYTHING that you went through with what they experienced. As for wrong? I wasn’t passing judgment on anyone, you did. You decide whether you’re justified in what you’re doing. I’ve already made my decision.

          • Arietta Sullivan

            ;) k

          • Arietta Sullivan

            however,whatever..like i said i only voiced my opinion&if you want to call it ‘judgement’ then be it..then every single 1 of us that comments on someone else’s business then we ALL are judging…

          • HankKwah

            Yea, sure, whatever you say.

          • Arietta Sullivan

            old news,,let’s move on…

          • beety

            Hankwaaah needs you to understand that they were one of them!

          • HankKwah

            Be easy on your mom. She was a victim, too.

          • Arietta Sullivan

            i understand beety,i just don’t agree but thank you for your insight.

  • jz

    Arietta I kinda see your point. Another black market by-product of the war on drugs. Criminalize a health issue, criminalize a sin of the flesh and the Macks of the world pop out of the woodwork. Some addicts, especially women, lower themselves so they can get, even at times unregulated tainted drugs like we’ve seen recently, Has nothing to do with condoning prostitution or drug and alcohol abuse/addiction. An article in Forbes magazine yesterday [First published in Sept. 2013 titled WHEN IT COMES TO THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUG ADDICTION, SCIENTISTS ARE “BREAKING BAD” interviewed many scientists who admit to skewering drug abuse reports they put out which lean towards the exaggerated direction and political correctness cus that is where the funding comes from. The article certainly did not state that drugs are good or ok, but, all human beings seek dopamine.Many scientists stated that most people who have used drugs, soft and hard, suffer little or no damage in their lives. It is the extremely small percentage that abuse and get addicted, just like anything can be abused, these are where all the focus is in the studies. Quotes from the study. “Eighty to 90 percent of people are not negatively affected by drugs, but in the scientific literature nearly 100 percent of the reports are negative.There’s a skewed focus on pathology. We scientists know that we get more money if we keep telling Congress we’re solving this terrible problem. We’ve played less than an honorable role in the war on drugs. Like maybe lending the authority on some politically correct notion in order to keep the money flowing, which lends more authority and keeps more money flowing. A skewed focus when politics determines a scientific paradigm. Even worse than fabrication and plagiarism.

  • Zen_Grouch

    Anyone looking for a gay encounter tonight?

  • ken

    I agree with you Arietta

    • Arietta Sullivan

      thank you for seeing at least some of my point,ken.i wasn’t trying to show compassion for a story i thought was not fair,that’s all.they all committed crimes with NO FORCE at all(threatening is only words,i will not ever become someone’s ‘puppet’ with threats) do i have compassion&pray that these women to realized they have addictions that leads them into other crimes&get help..yes. i,also,was offended by being a victim&FORCE(&!!!! threaten) when i was younger(story is in above comment)&just to see how these women had a chance to escape from it&the courts,newspaper&all uses the words ‘victim’,'force’..give me a break..i would have loved the opportunity that they had to be standing in front of another human DURING the crime to get help..after,well,that was just a little too late then BUT in spite of THREATS i still told someone&got HELP.