WACO (August 20, 2012)–A federal magistrate ordered a Killeen man to remain in custody Monday after a preliminary hearing in a child prostitution case.
Jerome Maurice Cole, 26, appeared before federal magistrate Jeffrey C. Manske Monday afternoon.
Manske found probable cause to refer the case to federal grand jury and ordered Cole to remain in custody.
A federal affidavit alleges Cole was promoting prostitution over the Internet and that at least two of the girls he was promoting were underage.
Authorities think one of the girls is a runaway from Brownwood and the other from California.
Killeen police found the 16-year-old Brownwood girl inside Cole’s trailer on May 16 after her mother reported her missing, authorities said.
Police found pictures of the girl listed on a website under escort services, dressed only in underwear, authorities said.
Police say Cole later admitted he had driven to Brownwood to get the girl and that she had been working for him as a prostitute, authorities said.
The girl later told investigators Cole had sexually assaulted her as well, authorities said.