A Hammond man could serve time after admitting he forced a blind woman with a mental disability into prostitution.
Stefon Collins, 25, pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution, a Level 5 felony, according to a plea agreement filed May 2.
A judge would have to accept it, but the guilty plea calls for a year in Lake County Jail, which comes down to an agreed-upon sentence. His sentencing hearing is set for May 23.
Authorities accused him of using the dating app “Tagged” to lure a woman into prostitution, according to a criminal affidavit.
A police officer who interviewed the victim on May 20, 2021, wrote that she is blind and “appears to have some type of mental disability,” according to a court document.
The woman told police that after moving in with Collins a year earlier, he set up an account on the dating app “Tagged” where she charged each man $50 to have sex with her, according to the affidavit. He told her to go out with men “because she wanted me to make friends,” she said.
She repeatedly told the men no, the probable cause affidavit says. A man tried to have sex with her even after she rebuffed his advances. Collins raped her “because she wouldn’t take no for an answer,” according to the charges.
The woman said she saw up to five men a day, the charges allege. She overheard Collins haggling with a man who offered him $40 when he wanted $50, she says.
The men who paid Collins took the woman to Hammond, Gary and Calumet City, Illinois, to have sex, she told police. Some held her all night and forced her to have sex several times.
He was originally accused of promoting human sex trafficking and promoting prostitution.