WASHINGTON, DC (WAFB) - The Department of Justice said an alleged pimp thought to be the leader of a sex trafficking ring pleaded guilty to federal charges Wednesday.
Officials said Jeremie Tate, 33, of Zachary, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully use interstate facilities in aid of racketeering, two counts of use of interstate facilities in aid of racketeering and enticing another to travel interstate for prostitution.
He faces up to 50 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines. He could also be ordered to forfeit proceeds and property, pay restitution and be placed on up to five years of supervised release after serving a prison term.
Tate was arrested in Houston in April 2014 by US marshals and agents with the FBI. He has been in federal custody since his arrest.
The indictment stated Tate, and others used telephones, the internet and other devices to promote and manage Tate's alleged prostitution business from or about November 2012 through or about November 2013. According to the indictment, the business involves several prostitutes, including a minor.
Tate is accused of getting a woman who allegedly worked for him as a prostitute to travel from Baton Rouge to Las Vegas to engage in prostitution. Officials added Tate allegedly used intimidation and manipulation to make sure he was given most of the money the prostitutes collected.
Officials added three other suspects also pleaded guilty in the case and also awaiting sentencing.