Cleveland man pleads guilty to human trafficking - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Cleveland man pleads guilty to human trafficking

Darrell McClendon (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office) Darrell McClendon (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office)
A Cleveland man who used heroin to control seven women and compel them to engage in prostitution has pleaded guilty to human trafficking, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty.

Darrell McClendon, 48, entered a plea of guilty to one count of human trafficking. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Matia said he will sentence McClendon on Wednesday at 9 a.m. McClendon faces a mandatory sentence of 10 to 15 years in prison.

Investigators led by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department found evidence that McClendon operated the prostitution ring out of his Forest Hills Avenue home and marketed the sexual services of the seven women, ages 19 to 29, on the Internet. The women would turn over whatever money they earned to McClendon.

According to the indictment, this human trafficking occurred between October 2013 and May 2014. On May 14, McClendon was arrested in the parking lot of a hotel in Orange, where one of the women under his control was supposed to have sex for hire with an undercover officer.

McClendon had been indicted, along with two accomplices, Tammy Lynn Hammock and Shanesha Ann Bunner. They entered pleas of guilty in October to three counts each of compelling prostitution, a third-degree felony.

The state of Ohio was represented in this case by Assistant County Prosecutors Holly Welsh, Edward Brydle and Marcus Henry.

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