Prostitution/human trafficking ring head sent to prison

CLEVELAND -- Gregory Krajnyk, who operated a prostitution and human trafficking ring from 2008 through 2012, has entered a guilty plea to 13 felonies and two misdemeanors and has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty confirmed Monday.

This plea marked the first conviction in Cuyahoga County under Ohio's law against human trafficking which went into effective in 2011 and was amended in 2012.

Krajnyk, 46, of Garfield Heights, entered a plea of guilty to the following felonies: four counts of Human Trafficking, three counts of Promoting Prostitution, two counts of rape, two counts of Compelling Prostitution, and one count each of Endangering Children and Having Weapons Under Disability.

In addition, he entered a guilty plea to two misdemeanor assault counts.

Krajnyk made his plea and was sentenced by Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court Judge Michael J. Russo.

The felonies to which Krajnyk admitted guilt involved 12 different victims, including 11 young women.

Investigation by the Garfield Heights Police Department and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation established that Krajnyk used drugs, alcohol and physical intimidation to manipulate the vulnerable women under his control.

He would arrange for their sexual encounters and keep a share of the fee. Krajnyk was arrested on December 2, 2012, and indicted on May 8, 2013.

"This man preyed on the weaknesses of these women and exploited them to his gain,'' said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Holly Welsh, who prosecuted Krajnyk for the State of Ohio. "Now he is going to prison where he belongs."


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