The admitted leader of a prostitution ring pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of transporting women across state lines for prostitution.
Angel Campos Tellez, 27, a citizen of Mexico who was illegally living in Maryland, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to transporting individuals to engage in prostitution. Judge Claude Hilton accepted the plea.
Campos Tellez admitted that he was a leader of the operation between 2009 and July 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. The ring brought more than 100 women, most of whom were foreign nationals, from New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC, to engage in prostitution in Manassas, Woodbridge, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News, as well as Baltimore and Delaware.
"Campos Tellez admitted that he coordinated different drivers to transport the women; collected the prostitution proceeds; advertised for the enterprise by handing out business cards at Spanish restaurants, check cashing stores, construction sites and day laborer sites; and obtained lodging for members of the enterprise," according to a press release for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Campos Tellez's sentencing is scheduled for June 21. He could face up to five years in prison.