PITTSBURGH — A man faces multiple charges after police say he raped a woman and forced her into prostitution in Pittsburgh.
FBI SWAT agents arrested Eric Jefferson, 39, on May 18 after executing a search warrant at an apartment building on 30th Street on Polish Hill. The warrant was granted as part of an investigation by the Pittsburgh police and members of the FBI.
Court documents say authorities took Jefferson’s phone during the search and found six photos and a video of the man interacting and performing sexual acts on an unconscious woman.
Police say they spoke with the woman who was seen on the phone and she told them she never gave Jefferson permission to have sex with her while she was unconscious. They say the woman also told her that Jefferson made her work as a prostitute. He allegedly took pictures of the woman, created advertisements and organized meetings.
The woman told police that Jefferson would make her provide money or engage in sexual activity with him as “rent” for allowing her to live with him. She also said she was scared of Jefferson and couldn’t leave because he took all her money and that was her only place to stay.
Officers say data found on the phone suggests there may be other victims.
Jefferson is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond. His charges consist of rape, involuntary deviated sexual intercourse, indecent assault and dissemination of intimate images.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact detectives at 412-323-7761.
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