South Side Couple Accused of Forcing Teens into Prostitution
COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A South Side boyfriend and girlfriend stand accused of forcing two teen girls into prostitution and sexually assaulting them.
Matthew Casey, 23, of the 1700 block of West 80th Street in Auburn Gresham, was charged with two counts of involuntary servitude of a minor and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault.
His alleged co-conspirator, Kimberly Adams, 28, also of the 1700 block of West 80th Street, was charged with two counts of involuntary servitude of a minor. Police said she was also charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault.
The couple allegedly forced two girls, ages 15 and 17, into prostitution, according to prosecutors and police records.
Casey allegedly picked the two girls up and coerced them into coming back to his apartment. Casey and Adams forced the two girls to sell sex on multiple occasions and turn over their profits, according to police records.
Casey first encountered the 15-year-old victim on a Red Line train and told her she was coming home with him on Jan. 3, according to police records. Casey allegedly choked her until she agreed to go home with him.
Casey met the 17-year-old victim on East 79th Street on Feb. 1 and invited her home to meet his girlfriend, according to a police record. He sexually assaulted her at the apartment, and later told her she'd work as a prostitute, the record alleges.
Casey used physical force on the victims, according to police records. Casey also threatened to kill the girls and told one of them he'd "knock her head off her shoulders" if she refused to work as a prostitute, the record reads.
Sometimes Adams would hold the girls down while Casey sexually assaulted them, according to police records.
The two were arrested on Saturday after the 15-year-old victim called police and told them what happened, prosecutors said. She called after Casey threatened to beat her, police records show.
Both victims were treated at the University of Chicago Hospital, according to a police report.
Adams told police that Casey was her boyfriend and had consensual sex with her and the two victims, according to police records. She also told cops that one of the victims came up with the prostitution plan herself, police records show.
Casey also told police that sex with the victims was consensual and denied forcing the girls to be prostitutes, according to police records.
Casey told cops that he "robs people, but does not commit any other crimes," the police record reads. Casey has gang affiliation, according to police records.
Cook County Judge Israel Desierto ordered Casey held in lieu of $200,000 bail and set bail for Adams at $100,000.