COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday that two people have been charged after allegedly providing homes for prostitutes and advertising that the women were available for sex.
Donald Ray Feagin Sr., 64, and his girlfriend Amanda Michelle Dehart, 33, were indicted on counts including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, possession of heroin, and promoting prostitution.
“They posted some sex-for-sale ads on the Internet at common locations where that’s done,” said Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.
The prostitution allegedly occurred between late 2013 and early 2014 while the women were living at the couple’s home on Fairwood Avenue in Columbus.
According to Prosecutor Ron O’Brien’s office, the couple created ads that they posted on backpage.com and employed the prostitutes to make money.
Both defendants face a potential sentence of 10 years or more. They were indicted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
A man who lives at that Fairwood Avenue address now doesn’t know the couple and said he was surprised by the news.
Neighbors said they never had trouble with the couple, but there were a few young women living there and a lot of people at the house.
The two victims in this case are not currently being charged but are getting help from police and a municipal court judge “in order to help solve the problem and to help them regain their life so they can become off drugs and not involved in prostitution,” O’Brien said.