Man at center of child abuse case now faces prostitution charges

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Friday, May 29, 2015
Darius Clark
Darius Clark faces two counts of promoting prostitution
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office

CLEVELAND, OH (KTRK) -- A man at the center of a US Supreme Court case involving child abuse faces new charges for running a prostitution ring from a jail cell.

Police say Darius Clark, 28, ran the operation from the Cuyahoga County Jail. He would give orders from his jail cell to a man outside the jail on how to operate the prostitution ring, reports.

"He's been pimping from County Jail while well-intentioned lawyers have been trying to defend his constitutional rights before the Supreme Court of the United States and while he awaits trial on another set of felonies," she said.

Back in 2010, a jury sentenced Clark to 28 years in prison for beating his girlfriend's children. Investigators said the 3-year-old boy victim had bruises and whip marks on his back and face. His 22-month-old sister was burned on her chest, face, arms and legs. She also had two black eyes and a severely bruised hand, reports.

The little boy was found not competent to testify at Clark's trial, so one of his teachers took the stand on his behalf. The teacher testified that the little boy had told her that it was Clark who beat him.

Clark's conviction was later overturned by an Ohio appeals court because Clark was not given the chance to confront the little boy directly in court. The case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. It explores whether or not teachers and other caretakers should be allowed to testify on behalf of children.