A Pasco man is locked up on $25,000 bail for allegedly trying to force a woman into prostitution because they needed more money.
When the woman didn’t follow orders and call her first client, Alfred C. Artis then raped her several times over a few days as punishment, court documents show.
Pasco police uncovered the alleged crimes after the woman called 911, then hung up. The two were found together in a car Friday afternoon in a grocery store parking lot off Court Street.
Artis, 57, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree rape and first-degree promoting prostitution. He appeared Monday in Franklin County Superior Court and Judge Carrie Runge found probable cause to hold him.
Artis had asked to be set free because he has lived at the same address for 10 years and wants to get back to his job. Runge told him to discuss it with his court-appointed attorney.
Officer Jeremy Pellicer wrote in court documents that when he first met with the 31-year-old woman on Friday, she denied that Artis had been physically violent with her but was hesitant and became emotional.
“She said that he would kill her if she told us what had been happening,” Pellicer wrote. “She eventually said that she was terrified of him and that he had been trying to get her to be a prostitute, with him as her pimp.”
The woman claimed that Artis had told her they “needed more money and that she needed to start pulling her own weight,” documents said. She soon realized that Artis allegedly meant she would have to start having sex with men for money.
Artis explained he would set up the deals with clients and take their money, and the woman was to call the client and set up the details, including how long they would need her services, court documents said.
He told the woman she would have rules to follow as one of his girls, but when she got the first phone number she delayed contacting the guy, documents said.
That allegedly angered Artis, who said he was going to have to punish her.
The woman told Pellicer they were at Wade Park on June 2 and Artis tried to have sex with her, court documents said. She described for police another incident in a motel room, and said the two were back in Wade Park on June 4 when Artis sexually assaulted her again.
She didn’t resist because she was afraid he would harm her, documents said.
Artis was ordered to have no contact with the woman.
His criminal history reportedly includes promoting prostitution in 1993 and delivering drugs in 1994.
Prosecutors have until June 10 to file charges or release Artis from custody if he doesn’t post bail before then. If charged, he will next appear in court June 16.