PLYMOUTH — A Delaware County man must answer to human trafficking related charges in Montgomery County Court after he allegedly forced females to engage in sex for his financial gain at a Plymouth hotel.
Cornell Jamar Scott-Milbourne, 25, of the 1200 block of East 9th Street, in the Crum Lynne section of Ridley Township, was ordered to stand trial, after a preliminary hearing before District Court Judge Francis J. Bernhardt III, on charges of involuntary servitude, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault, indecent assault, promoting prostitution and living off prostitutes in connection with alleged incidents that occurred between May 1 and May 12.
Scott-Milbourne remains in the county jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bail to await his next court appearance, a formal arraignment hearing on the charges in county court. A judge will set a trial date after the arraignment hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Bridget Gallagher is prosecuting the case. Defense lawyer Stephen Dean Stewart Jr. represents Scott-Milbourne.
The investigation began on May 10 when county detectives received a tip from a concerned citizen who was employed at the Hampton Inn on Chemical Road in Plymouth and who suspected there may be prostitution activity occurring in two rooms linked to Scott-Milbourne, according to the arrest affidavit filed by county Detective Michael Henricks.
A total of six people – two males, three females and a baby – were staying in the rooms, according to court papers. Scott-Milbourne rented the rooms on May 1 and extended the stay till at least May 12, and on two occasions extended the rental of the rooms on a day-by-day basis, detectives alleged.
“The rooms were never reserved under anyone else’s name,” Henricks alleged.
The ages of the females were not contained in court documents.
The investigation determined that the phone number provided to the hotel when renting the rooms was also being used as the contact number in online advertisements offering sexual services. An undercover detective responded to the ad by calling the number and was provided prices for various sexual services, according to the criminal complaint.
Armed with a search warrant, detectives went to the two rooms at the hotel on May 12.
One female told detectives she had sex with five customers on that day for a total of $3,000 and that two other young females she worked with had sex with a total of nine men on that date, according to the criminal complaint.
“She stated all of the money she makes is given to Cornell,” Henricks alleged. “(The victim) also stated Cornell gives her ‘E-pills’ throughout the day and night to keep her relaxed so she can continue ‘to work,’ which means to continue to have sex for money.”
The victim allegedly also told detectives that Scott-Milbourne had sexual contact with her on three occasions and that “she was too afraid to tell him to stop.” The female told detectives she met Scott-Milbourne several months prior while she was staying at another hotel and that he asked her to take sexually suggestive photos.
The female, according to court papers, told detectives that on several occasions Scott-Milbourne threatened her and she described how he would take the girls shopping and buy things for them, including makeup and paying for manicures.
While detectives were interviewing the female, Scott-Milbourne returned to the hotel and he was taken into custody, court papers indicate. Court papers alleged detectives also found Scott-Milbourne in possession of more than $3,000.