5/12/2014 - OKC, OK -- An Oklahoma City man has been convicted of three serious charges related to his prostituting of a local teen. Unfortunately, in a trend that is becoming all too familiar, the convicted pimp is given a slap on the wrist in a plea deal struck with Oklahoma County prosecutors.
JohnTV first reported on the sorry excuse for a pile of flesh that is Jeremy Eugene Steelman back in Sept. of 2013 after he had been arrested for prostituting his ‘girlfriend’ who also happens to be half his age.
According to court records, undercover officers utilized a confidential informant (C.I.) to make arrangements to meet up with Steelman’s teen prostitute at the Chieftain Motel on S. Shields Blvd in 2011.
The teen, identified as 18-year old Tara Jane English, was driven to the motel by Steelman. English was arrested after she agreed to perform a specific sexual act on the C.I. in exchange for $200.
Steelman, 36, was approached by police and taken into custody after a brief chase.
During a subsequent police interview, English admitted that she was in a romantic relationship with Steelman when he had coerced her into prostituting herself to financially support them both.
English told detectives that Steelman directed her on what to post online and how much she should charge for specific sex acts.
English told officers that at Steelman’s urging she had engaged in a great many sexual encounters with strangers from Sept. 2011 to May of 2012. In all cases English claims she was forced to handover all her money to Steelman.
According to a probable cause affidavit, English confided in detectives that she had tried to stop prostituting but that Steelman began using force, fear and intimidation to make her continue.
On July 10, of last year formal charges were filed in Oklahoma County against both English and Steelman.
Steelman was charged with pandering, aiding and abetting prostitution and maintaining a house of prostitution.
English is charged with felony computer crimes and misdemeanor offering to engage in prostitution.
JohnTV next reported on Steelman in January – two years after his initial arrest for prostituting English he was finally taken into custody.
On Feb. 27, Steelman and his tax payer funded public defender appeared before Oklahoma County Judge Fred Doak, where Steelman pleaded guilty in exchange for a pretty sweet plea deal.
Assistant Oklahoma County District Attorney Illingsworth apparently feels that 36-year-old men coercing their 18-year-old ‘girlfriends’ into prostituting themselves and then using force, fear and coercion to keep them prostituting is not that big of a deal – because if he did, he wouldn’t have agreed to allow Steelman a get out of jail free card in the form of a plea deal that only resulted in Steelman being sentenced to five-years suspended, 100 hours of community service, no apparent fine, and minimal administrative/court fees.
Oh, and did we mention this is not Steelman’s first brush with the hug-a-thug mentality that is Oklahoma ‘justice.’
In 1995 Steelman received a deferred sentence for grand larceny, another pair of deferred sentences in 2010 for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, and suspended sentences in 2014 (combined with his pimping cases) for two possession of a taken debit card felony charges.
If not for Steelman’s criminal resume, JohnTV is pretty confident that he could have walked away from his pimping charges completely unscathed – like Edmond pimp Joshua Hudson, who was given probation only, no criminal conviction and a chance to erase his charges all together for pimping a 16-year old pregnant girl out of an Edmond motel.
English is still wanted on her prostitution charges.
JohnTV will continue to follow this case.