A drug-fueled prostitution business employing as many as 20 women was using hotels in Janesville and Beloit last year, according to a criminal complaint filed in Rock County Court on Monday.
The man accused of running the prostitution ring also sold the sexual services of a 16-year-old girl out of his residence in Janesville, according to the complaint.
Cory D. Hereford, 46, of 1403 Keeler Ave., Beloit, appeared in Rock County Court on Monday, charged with trafficking of a child, child enticement and human trafficking.
Assistant District Attorney Cheniqua White asked for a $75,000 cash bond for Hereford. Court Commissioner Larry Barton doubled it to $150,000.
Drugs were a major part of the business, with Hereford supplying at least one of the women with cocaine and heroin in exchange for her participation, the woman told police.
Hereford listed his Beloit address in court Monday, but according to the complaint he was selling and using drugs at 420 S. Franklin St. in Janesville last year.
The complaint states the 16-year-old girl told police she had approached Hereford when she was riding her bicycle past his Franklin Street residence and asked him for crack cocaine. He provided it for free but later demanded payment, according to the complaint.
The girl told police she had sex with Hereford and a woman in order to pay him back for the cocaine he gave her, according to the complaint.
Hereford later asked her to have sex with other men to pay him, and she felt she had to do it because she owed him, she told police, according to the complaint.
The girl felt “grossed out” by what she had done and would go home and pray after having sex because she felt sinful, according to the complaint.
The prostitution arrangement between the girl and Hereford lasted about three weeks in September, according to the complaint, while the hotel prostitution went on from June to December.
The girl told investigators men would pay $100 to $200 for having sex with her, but she would get $10 to $15 “for cigarettes,” and Hereford would get the rest, according to the complaint.
The girl told police Hereford thought she was 18, according to the complaint.
The girl described visiting with Hereford at a residence in Rockford, Illinois, where she “saw crack, heroin and meth all over the place, and people were just sitting around doing drugs,” the complaint states.
The woman who told police she rented the hotel rooms for Hereford said she had been banned from many hotels because of all the people coming and leaving the rooms, according to the complaint.
The woman said 15 to 20 women were involved, and she believed the men paid Hereford about $200 each, according to the complaint.
The woman told police she would get $50 for each client for having her name on the room rental, while the prostitutes got $50 per client and Hereford got the rest, according to the complaint.
When the woman would not do what Hereford wanted, he would slap and punch her, and once when she was “dope sick” on heroin and would not have sex for money, he grabbed her by the hair, making her stand up, according to the complaint.
Hereford also got angry with her because she would not have sex with men who did not bring a condom, she told police.
Hereford asked the teenager and the woman to go to Atlanta with him to make money for him, they told police, but neither did.
Hereford boasted in text messages that he had made more than $500,000 in the past six or seven years and had used more than 40 women, according to the complaint.
Hereford was convicted in 1995 of second-degree sexual assault of a child and became a registered sex offender, according to court records.
He was arrested Dec. 17, 2017, on the grounds of the Lannon Stone Motel, 1524 E. Racine St., Janesville, on warrants from the state Department of Corrections, according to the complaint. He has been in the Rock County Jail since December, according to jail records.
Hereford was charged earlier this month with failure to update his address with the sex-offender registry. According to the criminal complaint in that case, Hereford’s address changed in 2016 to the Keeler Avenue address in Beloit, but he did not answer letters seeking to verify the address and stopped reporting for probation appointments, so the Department of Corrections issued an arrest request.
The complaint states his Dec. 17 arrest was by a task force of Janesville police and the U.S. Marshals Badgerland Fugitive Apprehension Squad.