Man indicted for running prostitution ring while in jail for child abuse charges

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Darius Clark. Courtesy Cuyahoga County jail.

CLEVELAND – Darius Clark, 28, has been indicted for running a prostitution ring while in jail awaiting a child abuse conviction, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.

He has been charged with two counts of promoting prostitution.  Drew Phelps Linnabary, 27, was also charged.

The prosecutor’s office said in November 2014, authorities found that Clark contacted Linnabary and was instructing her to recruit women to work as prostitutes while he was in jail.

“Darius Clark is simply incorrigible,” said Assistant County Prosecutor Holly Welsh. “He’s been pimping from County Jail while well-intentioned lawyers have been trying to defend his constitutional rights before the Supreme Court of the United States and while he awaits trial on another set of felonies.”

Clark has been in jail since September 2014 for attacking a 17-year-old girl in Maple Heights. He was then charged with aggravated burglary, felonious assault and criminal damaging.

Clark was also convicted in 2010 of abusing two children, ages 2 and 3. He was sentenced to 28 years after the children’s mother said she left both kids in his care while she traveled to Washington D.C. to engage in prostitution.

That conviction was later overturned when Clark’s lawyers argued that the boy’s preschool teacher should not have been allowed to testify at trial that the child had said Clark beat him. They said that testimony violated Clark’s constitutional right to confront his accuser, and that when his teachers asked the child about the welts on the child’s face, they were in effect acting as police officers.

The prosecutor’s office then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

The Supreme Court is expected to have a ruling before the end of June.

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