Former Baltimore firefighter sentenced for sex trafficking

BALTIMORE - A former Baltimore City firefighter was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised probation for sex trafficking of a minor in connection with a prostitution business he ran with another defendant.

Jamar Marvin Simmons, 31, of Baltimore, after being sentenced in federal court, was also ordered to register as a sex offender, according to the U.S. Attorney's Ooffice. Simmons is a former Baltimore City firefighter.

According to their plea agreements, Simmons, along with co-defendant Franklin Coit operated a brothel in Baltimore City on Madison Avenue. They also rented hotel rooms and a residence in Maryland for prostitution. 

In addition, Simmons and Coit recruited women for their business by falsely advertising for exotic dancers. Those recruited came from multiple states, including Maryland, and included at least one girl under the age of 18, according the U.S. Attorney's Office.

According to their plea deals, Simmons and Coit arranged to transport the women from Delaware, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, South Dakota and Virginia to Maryland to engage in prostitution. The pair also took sexually explicit pictures of the women and girls they recruited and posted the pictures on the escort section of an online advertising website along with phone numbers to call to schedule a "date," or sex. 

Coit is expected to be sentenced on Tuesday.

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