A Spanaway teenager suspected of renting hotel rooms to help his older brother prostitute teenage girls in Pierce County was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail Wednesday.
Mikael Williams, 18, pleaded not guilty to promoting commercial sex abuse of a minor. He turned himself in late Tuesday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest.
His brother, Michael Williams II, 22, pleaded not guilty in January and awaits trial on two counts of first-degree human trafficking, first-degree kidnapping, two counts of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree promoting prostitution and intimidating a witness.
A third defendant, Curtis Escalalnte, 23, faces the same charges.
Escalante and Michael Williams remain jailed in lieu of $2 million bail each.
Detectives said Mikael Williams knew about the trafficking – his ex-girlfriend was allegedly one of the victims – and rented hotel rooms in some cases.
The girls allegedly were prostituted in Pierce, King, Thurston and Snohomish counties.