Elyria man guilty of human trafficking, drug charges

An Elyria man was convicted of human trafficking, drug crimes and obstruction of justice after forcing four females, including a 16-year-old girl, to have sex for money, law enforcement officials said.

Jeremy Mack, 38, of Elyria, was found guilty by a jury on all nine counts following a week-long trial.

U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi scheduled sentencing for May 29.

"With today's verdict, Jeremy Mack's time roaming our community and preying on the most vulnerable will finally come to an end," said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

"The FBI is pleased with the guilty verdict for the despicable acts committed by Jeremy Mack.," said Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Cleveland office. "Thankfully, Mr. Mack will not be able to prey on and victimize children from where he is -- behind bars."

"This is an example of local police and federal law enforcement working together to make our community safer," said Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely.

Ashley Onysko, 24, of Avon Lake, previously pleaded guilty to charges related to her role in the conspiracy.

Count 1 charges that between December 2012 and April 9, 2013, Mack and Onysko conspired together to provide heroin and/or cocaine to four females and then, after the victims incurred drug debts, used force, threats of force, fraud and coercion to compel them to engage in commercial sex acts.

They did this, in part, by posting photographs of the females on backpage.com on a user account that Mack and Onysko created, according to the indictment.

In March 2013, Victim 2, a 16-year-old minor, went to Mack's residence in Elyria after school, at which time Mack gave her cocaine. Mack later told and caused others to tell Victim 2 that she needed to engage in commercial sex acts. She did, after which she turned over all proceeds to Mack, according to the indictment.

From March through April 9, 2013, Mack brandished a firearm in front of three of the females. He choked and threatened to kill one of the female victims, according to the indictment.


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