Evansville man facing federal charges in human trafficking case

HENDERSON, Ky. — An Evansville man accused of human trafficking was arraigned Tuesday in Henderson Circuit Court and a trial date was set.
 
Jathar “Bolder” Williams, 31, entered a not guilty plea on two counts of human trafficking, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.
 
A trial date has been tentatively set for Aug. 8.
 
Williams, who was indicted by a Henderson County grand jury last week, did not have an attorney as of Tuesday morning’s hearing and claimed to be indigent.
 
Henderson Circuit Judge Karen Wilson appointed him a public defender.
 
Williams, through the public defender, requested a bond change. He is currently being held under a $50,000 full-cash bond.
 
His reasoning was that he has several health issues that he feels aren’t being addressed at the Henderson County Detention Center.
 
The judge denied his request, saying that by the nature of the charges Williams poses a threat to the community.
 
Williams was arrested here on March 21 after the Henderson Police Department received information that two juvenile runaways were at the Sugar Creek Inn in Henderson, officials.
 
Authorities said the girls, ages 15 and 17, both Evansville residents, had run away from their homes sometime on Sunday and had come to Henderson with Williams.
 
One of the girls had met him on the Internet, police said.
 
Officials said Williams coerced the girls into prostitution, taking them from motel to motel along U.S. 41-North in order for the teens to provide sexual favors in exchange for money.
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