A St. Paul man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in promoting and profiting from prostitution in 2020, Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.
Kevin Anthony, 37, was charged and convicted in connection with an undercover operation in 2020. According to the criminal complaint, Anthony solicited clients for two female victims to work as prostitutes for him and took the money paid for these sexual services provided by the victims. .
Between February 20 and March 22, 2020, Anthony posted online prostitution ads with his cell phone number as the contact.
On March 13, Bloomington police texted him and arranged a meeting with him and a woman Anthony had brought in to provide sexual services. When the police arrived at the hotel, they encountered Anthony and the victim. After the police spoke to her, Anthony “threatened her and yelled at her to stop crying, stop talking and ‘soldier'”.
The woman showed officers the hotel room, which contained drugs. She and Anthony were arrested. While in jail, the woman told police that after a decade apart she had reunited with Anthony and they had started dating. During this time, he suggested that she become a prostitute. She tried but when she decided to quit, Anthony threatened her, sexually assaulted her and forced her to use drugs.
She told police about a second woman who worked as a prostitute for Anthony. This woman was forced to continue working even when she was pregnant with Anthony’s child.
During the investigation, officers also found photos and videos of the victims. Some of the videos captured Anthony discussing commercial sex acts, the complaint states.
Anthony already has six felony convictions.
In addition to his 15-year sentence, Anthony will have to register as a sex offender and pay nearly $2,000 for a prostitution sentence assessment and costs associated with his extradition from Florida after fleeing Hennepin County. in September 2020.
He will receive 303 days of credit for the time already served.