Baltimore man pleads guilty to misdemeanor pandering

He was arrested in case targeting escorts who work in U.S. 1 corridor

February 27, 2002|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

A 45-year-old Baltimore man accused of acting as a pimp for a 20-year-old woman arrested in an Internet sting last year pleaded guilty yesterday to one misdemeanor count of pandering.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to recommend a two-year sentence for Fred Clarence Schrecengost of the 1100 block of W. Hamburg St. at the sentencing May 1. Part of the sentence would be on home detention, said Assistant State's Attorney Jim Dietrich.

Schrecengost was arrested as part of an sting targeting escorts who advertise on the Internet and work along the U.S. 1 corridor, Dietrich said.

Last spring, Howard County detectives called a phone number advertised on an escort Web site and set up a $225 "date" with a woman advertised as "Shyla," Dietrich said.

The detective initially arranged a meeting for March 30 at one hotel, but Schrecengost later changed the location to the North Laurel Econo Lodge on U.S. 1, Dietrich said.

Jaime Lynn Summers, 20, of Baltimore was arrested at the motel after she accepted money from an undercover officer and offered him condoms, Dietrich said.

Summers received a suspended sentence in November after pleading guilty to engaging in prostitution.

Another woman, Julia Montgomery, 28, of Linthicum Heights, who set up the "date" and brought Summers to the hotel, also was arrested, Dietrich said. Montgomery pleaded guilty in October to transporting for prostitution and is awaiting sentencing.

The women later told detectives that Schrecengost would approach prostitutes in Baltimore and offer to take them off the streets by advertising their services on a Web site, Dietrich said. In exchange, Schrecengost received $100 of the $225 fee, the prosecutor said.

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