Sentencing continued for man convicted of human trafficking at Cleveland RTA station

Vehicle linked to assault (Source: Cleveland police)
Vehicle linked to assault (Source: Cleveland police)(SOURCE: Cleveland Police Department)
Published: Mar. 28, 2023 at 7:25 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 28, 2023 at 9:02 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A second man convicted in connection with a human trafficking incident at a Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) station in April 2022 was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas; however, it was continued until April 19.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said David McCord, 44, and Sean Simpkins, 40, assaulted and dragged a 22-year-old woman to a car on W. 98th Street on April 3, 2022.

Cleveland police officers located Simpkins and McCord after tracking down the stolen vehicle.

In February, McCord pleaded guilty to abduction, receiving stolen property, drug trafficking and drug possession. Judge Michael Shaughnessy sentenced him to three years in prison.

Simpkins will now be sentenced next month.

According to police, Simpkins was in possession of a 10-inch machete, cocaine and heroin when he was arrested.

Sean Simpkins
Sean Simpkins((Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff))

McCord was in possession of a loaded handgun when police arrested him in the car on West 104th street. He also had a bag containing methamphetamine, cocaine and Xanax, a commonly-used antidepressant.

David McCord
David McCord((Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff))