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Man indicted on York County sex trafficking charge
A Lehigh County man faces federal charges after officials say he trafficked a minor for sex in York County between September 2014 and October 2015.
Those are in addition to the local trafficking charges filed against Willie James Johnson, 57, late last year. In that case, Northern York County Regional Police said he pimped out half a dozen heroin-addicted women in York County in exchange for heroin.
On Wednesday, March 28, Johnson was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of sex trafficking of a minor as well as drug trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
His indictment alleges he had enough heroin to distribute it in York County between January 2013 and October 2017.
Local charges: Police spoke with one of the victims in June 2017, and she said she began prostituting herself for Johnson the summer before, documents state.
She told police Johnson approached her to do it and told her she could make a lot of money and eventually get a car, police said.
However, according to court documents, Johnson kept all the money and instead only gave her heroin.
Police say Johnson would go to his job in the Allentown area during the week and would sometimes leave the woman alone for more than a week before collecting the money.
If she didn't have the money Johnson expected, he would get angry and leave her stranded, police allege.
Johnson would become upset and say "the situation is not benefiting me at all" when the women didn't make any money, according to police.
One of the victims told police that she first tried heroin with Johnson and that Johnson told her she needed to "work" to pay for the heroin, documents allege.
Another victim, 16 at the time, said she was trafficked in 2014 for about three or four months, police said.
"Johnson provided heroin to (the victim) as she needed it to maintain her habit," Detective Mark Baker wrote in charging documents.
Police said another victim said one of women Johnson trafficked overdosed and died on heroin he gave her.
Prostitution: The women would meet men at the Quality Inn in Springettsbury Township, the Motel 6, Super 8 and Econo Lodge in Manchester Township and even in a home in York City, documents state. Police said Johnson also would have them work in the Allentown and Lancaster areas.
Some of the alleged trafficking began as early as 2014 and some as late as 2016, documents state.
Police said Johnson would arrange all the meetings online. He would charge a different rate for each woman, with a different price for a short stay, half-hour stay and an hour stay, charging documents state.
According to court documents, Johnson worked in the Allentown area during the winter and in York during the summer.
A Kutztown University spokesman confirmed Friday, March 30, that Johnson worked for Aramark, a food services contractor for the university. Johnson has not worked at the school since his arrest in October, according to the spokesman.
Johnson inherited a home on South Queen Street in York City, and police say he packaged drugs there that he had bought from another man.
Johnson remains in York County Prison without bail. He has a pre-trial conference scheduled in his local case for April 9.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.