4th person pleads guilty to role in sex trafficking ring

March 18, 2021 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A fourth person has pleaded guilty to her role in a Massachusetts sex trafficking ring that preyed on women struggling with substance abuse and used violence to keep them in line, federal prosecutors said.

Jaclyn Lemelin, 35, of Westfield, pleaded guilty in federal court in Springfield this week to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston.

Lemelin conspired with William Coleman to coerce several women into prostitution, authorities said.

Lemelin was paid by Coleman to assault two victims who were working for him and she also rented cars for him that were used in the prostitution ring, prosecutors said.

She faces life in prison at sentencing on June 15.

Coleman was sentenced in September to 15½ years in prison after pleading guilty to nine counts of sex trafficking. Two other women have also pleaded guilty and await sentencing.