A first in Cuyahoga County: Jury finds man guilty of human trafficking

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Desmond Warren (Mug shot from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office )

Desmond Warren (Mug shot from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office )

CLEVELAND- For the first time in Cuyahoga County, a jury has convicted someone of human trafficking. Desmond Warren was found guilty of the crime.

According to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, police received information that a woman advertising escort services online was working as a prostitute in exchange for heroin and that Warren, 33, of Cleveland, was her pimp.

Warren was arrested in January after Westlake police and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force conducted a sting operation.

He was charged with human trafficking, compelling prostitution and promoting prostitution.

Authorities say after Warren was arrested, another woman came forward to police claiming Warren coerced her into working as a prostitute.

On Oct. 2, a Cuyahoga County jury convicted Warren of one count of trafficking in persons; one count of compelling prostitution; and three counts of promoting prostitution.

When Warren is sentenced on Oct. 27, he faces 10-19 years in prison.

In a press release, Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Melissa Riley said, “People like Desmond Warren are parasites on the community. Thanks to the hard work of the Westlake Police Department and the FBI Task Force, as well as the brave testimony of the women he victimized, this man will no longer be able to prey on the vulnerable citizens of Cuyahoga County.”