COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado Springs police announced charges for a man tied to human trafficking involving a child or children out of Colorado Springs.
William Vermillion was already being held by the Colorado Department of Corrections when Colorado Springs police publicly announced a number of charges on Tuesday. Police are reporting they received information that Vermillion had solicited a child for prostitution, pandered a child, contributed to the delinquency of a minor and kept a place of child prostitution during the summer of 2018. It isn't clear how many victims may have been involved.
Arrest papers obtained by 11 News detail why Vermillion is being charged. On March 26, another suspect was reportedly using an online site that is a "well-known internet website used to advertise prostitution and rate the depicted individuals," according to the arrest affidavit.
On March 27, detectives attempted to set up a date with the separate suspect posing as a 17-year-old. Detectives were then able to establish probable cause for prostitution through a text conversation. That suspect was arrested and her cell phone was seized. That's when detectives came across downloaded information on the phone and they were able to reportedly identify Vermillion as a "sex buyer."
The arrest papers go on to state that through text conversation Vermillion agreed to pay a total of about $960 for three separate instances of alleged sexual acts.
In a separate case, police announced charges of human trafficking against Lawson Nall. Nall was arrested on a number of charges including attempting pimping. On June 12 Nall pleaded guilty to the charge and is set to be sentenced in August.