December 19, 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.