Two arrested in Sioux Falls prostitution sting
January 28. 2014 10:07AM
A Brandon woman and a Sioux Falls man were arrested on prostitution and pimping charges over the weekend after street crimes detectives answered an online escort ad.
Officers found the ad and set up a meeting for sex at a southwest Sioux Falls apartment complex on Saturday night with 33-year-old Amy Nicole Burkhart, police spokesman Sam Clemens said.
Burkhart was charged with one count of prostitution, a class one misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
The officers learned that Burkhart had not set up the online ad herself, Clemens said, and they used her phone and posed as Burkhart through text messages to set up a meeting with the man.
The detectives met and arrested Jermayne Tyson Montgomery, 40, of Sioux Falls, on pimping, promoting prostitution charges, as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges.
In court on Monday, Minnehaha County Deputy State’s Attorney Joe Flynn asked a judge to hold Montgomery, based on criminal charges out of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois as recent as 2010.
Montgomery might leave the state to avoid prosecution, Flynn said.
“This defendant has a lot of out-of-state contacts,” Flynn said.
Minnehaha County Public Defender Katie Dunn said that Montgomery has been a Sioux Falls resident for nine years and had been an employee of Total Card in Sioux Falls until his arrest.
Dunn asked the judge to release Montgomery on his own recognizance.
“He also helps support four children,” Dunn said.
Judge Natalie Damgaard set bond at $5,000 cash or surety. She also noted that Montgomery pleaded guilty to theft by insufficient funds check in 2010 and failed to pay his restitution.