A father recognized his 15-year-old daughter’s photograph Monday on Backpage.com and called Fife police, who arrested two men suspected of pimping her and another teenage runaway.
On Tuesday, Pierce County prosecutors charged Samuel Miles-Johnson, 25, and Joshua Jones, 23, with promoting sexual abuse of a minor. Both men pleaded not guilty and were ordered jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail
The girl’s father told police a friend notified him his daughter was on the website. He asked his brother-in-law to respond to his daughter’s ad on Backpage.com and arrange a meeting at a local motel. Once the man confirmed the girl was in the room, he told her he needed to get money from an ATM. He then notified the father, who called police.
Officers found Jones and Miles-Johnson outside the motel, talking to the second teen. The men told police they didn’t know the girls but agreed to rent a room for them in exchange for sex, according to charging papers.
The girls, both runaways, were detained.
Jones pleaded guilty in 2010 to second-degree promoting prostitution and pleaded guilty in 2011 to first-degree promoting prostitution for pimping a 16-year-old firstname.lastname@example.org