An inmate at the Kanabec County Jail is charged with running a prostitution ring from his cell.
Thirty-eight-year-old Daniel Ellington is charged in Washington County District Court with two counts of sex trafficking and two counts of promotion of prostitution.
Prosecutors say Ellington communicated with a prostitute by text and “promoted and profited” from her activities in Woodbury last month.
East Metro Sex Trafficking Task Force director Imran Ali says Ellington was 100 miles away and incarcerated, yet was promoting prostitution and profiting from it. The task force began investigating after a Woodbury detective found an online ad entitled “Blonde Bombshell.”
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Kanabec County Sheriff Brian Smith says Ellington used a jail-issued iPod to text and paid a certain price for each message.