‘Internet pimp’ stung by cops convicted by jury

Published: Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 3:22 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 6:31 PM

A man Dayton police call an “Internet pimp” was found guilty Thursday of crimes related to promoting prostitution. Police called it a rare conviction for a top-level person tied to online prostitution advertisements.

Kevin J. Barker, 50, of Dayton, was found guilty Thursday on all six counts by a jury of six men and six women in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. The jury deliberated fewer than two hours.

“We were in uncharted waters on this one,” Dayton police vice Sgt. Chris Fischer said of the case.

Barker was convicted on one second-degree felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, two fourth-degree felony counts of promoting prostitution and three fifth-degree felony counts of possession of criminal tools. If he is sentenced to prison and gets time for each count, Barker could face between 4.5 and 14 years in prison.

Judge Barbara Gorman set sentencing for April 3. Wearing a suit and tie, Barker was handcuffed, had his electronic surveillance bond revoked and remanded into the custody of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Prosecuting attorney Kelly Madzey asked jurors not to let Barker insulate himself from the “dirty money tied to dirty deeds” since she said other employees answered the phones and sometimes transported women to hotels to meet clients.

“That’s the point of his organization, the way he set it up was to keep his hands as clean as possible and officers were able to catch the crime when it’s at the street level,” Madzey said. “But the people who are behind the scenes are harder to identify.”

Dayton police set up multiple sting operations to gather evidence against Barker, who posted ads on backpage.com and the now-defunct website peekaboodayton.com for adult entertainment. Multiple women who were connected with Barker’s business have been found guilty of soliciting. The operation led to an interview meeting between Barker and an undercover officer posing as a prospective employee.

“He was ready, willing and able to pimp”, Madzey said. “We’ll ask (the judge) to hold him accountable.”

According to police, Barker at one time had about 35 women working for him.

Authorities said Barker would get $80 and women would get $80 per call and that anything after that was negotiable. Police said Barker said his business at its height would get upwards of 50 calls and perhaps 100 text messages per day. Barker’s website was taken down the day a subpoena was served on his residence.

Defense attorney Thomas Manning told jurors that Barker did run an adult-oriented business but that this case was “what happens when the wrong conclusion is reached about the wrong person.”

Fischer credited Dayton police Det. Raymond St. Clair for the investigation which resulted in 55 pieces of evidence.

“It was just a solid case,” St. Clair said. “Chalk up one for human rights and women’s rights.”

Fire in vacant Dayton dwelling ‘suspicious in nature,’ district chief says

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:21 PM

An investigator has been called to a fire in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue, at Parkhill Drive, in a dwelling believed to be vacant.

UPDATE @ 9:15 p.m.: The fire in a vacant dwelling in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue is being investigated as “suspicious in nature,” Dayton Fire District Chief Tim Rose said. 

The building, at Parkhill Drive, was boarded up and 30 firefighters successfully prevented flames from damaging two adjacent properties, Rose said. 

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An investigator was called because witnesses told fire crews that people were seen in the area of the dwelling. 

There were no injuries, Rose said. "We sent nobody in the building." 

He estimated damage to the structure at $40,000.

INITIAL REPORT

An investigator has been called to a fire in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue, at Parkhill Drive, in a dwelling believed to be vacant.

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Dayton crews were dispatched just before 6 p.m. on a report that flames were said to be showing from a two-story dwelling. 

We're hearing that crews went to a defensive posture, allowing the structure to burn, because it was vacant. 

We will update this report as information becomes available. 

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Report: thousands in jewelry stolen from Rogers Jewelers in Middletown

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen tonight from Rogers Jewelers at the Towne Mall.

The incident was reported just before 8 p.m. at the store, 3461 Towne Blvd., according to Middletown police dispatch.

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According to initial reports, about $20,000 in jewelry was taken; however, police could not confirm the amount.

Police: 9-year-old boy brings loaded handgun to Middletown school

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:14 PM

A 9-year-old boy who said he was being picked on brought a loaded handgun to school.

A teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School on Monday morning noticed a bulge in the boy’s pants pocket. When she reached for it, the boy grabbed her arm, Middletown police Lt. David Birk said. The teacher had to get assistance from another teacher to get the loaded Luger from the student.

The incident happened at 10:40 a.m. inside a classroom at the school, 2210 Verity Parkway, Middletown.

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The boy was taken to the Butler County Juvenile Justice Center, where he is being held on suspicion of felonious assault, conveyance of a weapon into the school and carrying a concealed weapon, Birk said.

The boyfriend of the boy's mother also was arrested on suspicion of child endangering, according to a Middletown police report. Jerron Dean, 29, had his arraignment continued to Nov. 1, according to online Middletown Municipal Court records.

Former jail medical director admits to stealing drugs

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 4:21 PM


            Brenda Ellis
Brenda Ellis

The former top medical officer at the Montgomery County Jail was booked into the jail in August and later agreed to treatment in lieu of conviction on charges of theft and theft of drugs.

Dr. Brenda Ellis was booked on Aug. 24 and accepted into a diversion program on Aug. 29, according to a prosecutor’s office spokesman.

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Ellis was the medical administrator at the jail and worked for the company NaphCare, which provides inmate medical services at the jail through a contract with the county. Under the current NaphCare contract, the county will pay the company up to $3.55 million a year through 2019.

Contacted this week, Ellis declined to comment.

The allegations against her followed a State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy investigation into improper handling of controlled substances at the jail from 2011 to 2015.

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In July, the state pharmacy board reached a settlement agreement with NaphCare that called for the company to pay the board $7,000, provide more staff training and remove Ellis as the person responsible for compliance with the jail’s pharmacy license.

“NaphCare agrees to never use Dr. Ellis as a Responsible Person on any of its Ohio licenses,” the agreement states.

As part of the agreement, the company neither admitted nor denied fault.

Bradley Cain, spokesman and general counsel of Alabama-based NaphCare, said in an interview Wednesday that the company was unaware of the allegations against Ellis but that changes were made to address the issues identified by the pharmacy board.

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“We have made implementation of changes based on the settlement agreement we entered into with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy,” Cain said. “Everything outlined in that agreement we’re in compliance with today.”

Cain said the company has contracts with jails in Montgomery, Franklin and Hamilton counties and has had no problems at other facilities.

Ellis resigned from NaphCare on July 31 and is no longer allowed access to the jail, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office officials.

No formal action has been taken against Ellis’ medical license, according to the State Medical Board of Ohio. Medical board records say she has had a license since 1989 and has specialties in general practice and pediatrics.

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