A Fort Collins couple was sentenced to federal prison for operating an interstate prostitution ring out of the Denver Tech Center.
Teresita Rodriguez, 40, and Jeramy Caron, 44, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a prostitution ring they operated from at least June 25, 2018, until March 10, 2020, when it was dismantled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.
They both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to facilitate prostitution, two counts of facilitating prostitution and three counts of transporting an individual to engage in prostitution. Caron also pleaded guilty to two counts of money laundering.
The couple recruited adult women from Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana and Utah to come to Denver and provide escort services, including commercial sex acts, according to the news release.
Investigators say Rodriguez and Caron paid for online advertisements for the women, purchased their airline tickets, rented hotel rooms and collected payment following their sexual encounters. The couple paid for the advertising and travel costs using the money the women made and kept half the proceeds.
When the couple messaged with buyers, they typically pretended to be one of the women because, investigators say, they didn’t want customers to think they were a larger operation.
“In reality, Rodriguez and Caron kept an appointment book and arranged for the women to perform an average of approximately eight commercial sex acts per day,” the news release said.
Rodriguez was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison, and Caron was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, according to the news release. They will be supervised for five years after they are released.
“This prostitution ring operated for years, victimizing dozens of women,” U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn said in the news release. “With some good investigative and legal work, we were able to stop it. Protecting vulnerable people and holding predators accountable are core parts of our mission and we are pleased that these two are headed to prison for their crimes.”
Rodriguez and Caron are forfeiting more than $390,000, two vehicles and 20 watches. They are also subject to a money judgment of $700,000 because that’s what they stipulated their operation made, according to the release.
Caron was also ordered to pay $15,000 to a victim’s fund.
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