Two charged with promoting prostitution of minor in Onslow County

Two people have been arrested for allegedly trying to engage a minor in prostitution.

According to a press release from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office on Friday afternoon, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested Brittney McCoy, 32, from Highway 55 in New Bern on April 4 and accused her of promoting the prostitution of a minor.

On April 7, the unit arrested Jermaine Linton, 48, of Helen Street in Jacksonville and charged him with two counts of promoting the prostitution of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. .

The Special Victims Unit arrested the two after receiving a report from the FBI that a minor may have been in the company of an adult who was trying to engage them in prostitution, the statement said. The FBI had located a known sex trafficking website that listed both McCoy and the minor.

“A search warrant has been obtained for the phone records and the victim was located in Onslow County,” the statement said. “The investigation then led investigators to the Baymont Inn & Suites in Wilmington, where the suspect and her child victim were located and later interviewed.”

According to the statement, the investigation also revealed that Linton had provided lodging for McCoy and the juvenile victim for the purposes of prostitution, requiring McCoy to pay him cash for each “escort incident the victim engaged in.” “.

McCoy is currently in the Onslow County Detention Center on a $250,000 guaranteed bond, and Linton is also in the detention center on a $201,000 guaranteed bond, according to the release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office or Detective H. LaSorsa at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. They asked those with information to refer to case 2022003978 on the call.

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