WARREN, Ohio (AP) – A 21-year-old local man was being held by authorities after pleading not guilty Monday to a five-count secret indictment that identifies him as the pimp of a 17-year-old girl, who worked as his prostitute.
According to our print partner the Tribune Chronicle, Michael Kollat, whose last known address was on Risher Road, remains behind bars in lieu of $50,000 bond pending a pre-trial Thursday before Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice.
Kollat was indicted on a charge of compelling prostitution, intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness in a criminal case, and three counts of promoting prostitution. All five charges are third-degree felonies with each carrying a maximum penalty of 36 months in prison.
Prosecutors say Kollat and the girl, who was arrested and charged into juvenile court June 6, used the Internet and other means to recruit customers who were serviced at times out of the Capri Motel in Howland or the Cottage Motel in Niles.
The girl has since become 18 years old, but was a minor during the time frame spelled out in the indictments March 14 to June 6.
Assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman said the teenage girl remains uncooperative, but agents with Trumbull Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force also seized her cell phone that apparently contained communications with Kollat.
The intimidation charge against Kollat stems from a confrontation or threat against a witness/customer at one of the motels used in the scheme.
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