10th suspect in Lakewood gang's prostitution ring is charged

A 19-year-old Pierce County man is the 10th person charged in connection with a Lakewood gang's prostitution ring, according to court records.

Adam Thomas Simmons Jr. pleaded not guilty Friday at his arraignment on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree human trafficking and second-degree promoting prostitution.

Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set bail at $500,000.

Charging papers give this account:

Simmons, along with the others involved, allegedly paid for motel rooms, set up advertisements and collected money as part of the operation. Facebook messages between Simmons and the others indicated his involvement.

Prosecutors started charging suspects last year, after a Lakewood police investigator listened to jail phone calls of the gang's self-proclaimed leader, Matthew Holt.

Some victims the gang trafficked for sex were underage, including one who was 13.