Man pleads guilty to using heroin to control women in prostitution ring

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Darrell McClendon (Photo courtesy Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office)

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CLEVELAND- A man accused of using heroin to coerce women into prostitution pleaded guilty on Monday.

Darrell McClendon, 48, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty to one count of human trafficking and now faces 10 to 15 years in prison. He will be sentenced Wednesday morning.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said McClendon ran the prostitution ring out of his home in the Forest Hills neighborhood between October 2013 and May 2014.

The ring involved seven women, ages 19 to 29. Prosecutors said McClendon promoted the women’s sex services online, then he took the money they earned.

McClendon was arrested on May 14 when one of the women was hired to have sex with an undercover officer at a hotel in Orange, prosecutors said.

In October, his two accomplices, Tammy Lynn Hammock and Shanesha Ann Bunner, pleaded guilty to compelling prostitution.

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