RACINE — Bond was set at $50,000 Friday for a Florida man accused of making a 17-year-old girl work as a prostitute at a Mount Pleasant motel.
Troy I. Johnson, 34, of Pahokee, Fla., was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with soliciting a child for prostitution and second-offense marijuana possession, according to his criminal complaint. Johnson is accused of forcing the 17-year-old to have sex with approximately seven men, whom she told police he would bring to her room at the Knights Inn, the complaint stated. She told police she met Johnson on Monday or Tuesday at the motel, and he told her several times she couldn’t leave the room, the complaint stated.
During one instance, Johnson reportedly brought a man to her room for $200, and in exchange for $200, Johnson would give her beer and marijuana at her request, according to the complaint. She said Johnson had a key to her room, and could come and go as he pleased.
When officers searched his room at the Knights Inn, they allegedly found 2.7 grams of marijuana in his pocket, the complaint stated.
During Johnson’s initial appearance in court Friday, Racine County Assistant District Attorney Chris Simonds asked that his bond be set at $50,000.
“These are disturbing charges,” she said.
But Assistant State Public Defender Carl Johnson argued for $400 cash bond, saying Troy Johnson works at a Racine County farm.
“At this point he already denies the allegations,” Carl Johnson said.
Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch opted for Simonds’ bond amount, also ordering Troy Johnson to have no contact with the teen and with the Knights Inn, 1149 Oakes Road.
His preliminary hearing is Wednesday.
Both charges are felonies, the stiffest of which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and 10 years on extended supervision if convicted.