A former Summerset man who prosecutors say was a pimp for prostitutes in several states and filmed “how-to" videos of women who worked for him was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for promoting prostitution and pimping.
Jeramy Caron, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of promoting prostitution and one count of pimping as part of a plea agreement reached with the Pennington County State’s Attorney’s office.
Caron’s sentencing ends a case that started more than two years ago when his name was mentioned by prostitutes during a police investigations, according to Pennington County Deputy State’s Attorney Lara Roetzel.
Caron used two websites — hdiguide.com and backpage.com — to find customers for his prostitutes, Roetzel told Circuit Judge Jeff Davis at the sentencing. Caron photographed the women and managed the website, she said.
The defendant collected 30 percent of the women's earnings and used some of the proceeds to pay for sex with the same prostitutes, Roetzel said. He also recorded some of those encounters for “how to be a good prostitute” videos, she said.
Caron was free on bond last March when he was arrested for pimping in Indiana, a case that is still pending, according to Roetzel.
Roetzel characterized Caron as a “smooth talker” who was briefly involved in prostitution more than 10 years ago and became actively involved in 2007.
Caron did cooperate with police investigators, giving them the names of prostitutes and their customers, Roetzel said.
In a prepared statement, Caron apologized for behavior that he said was “selfish, reckless and inexcusable."
“I’m ashamed and embarrassed,” said Caron, adding that his focus is now directed at being a good father and example for his children.
The promoting prostitution plea brought a four-year sentence and the pimping plea a two-year sentence that will be served concurrently, or at the same time as the longer sentence.
Davis gave Caron credit for 256 days served in county jail, which will be applied to his sentence. The Department of Corrections will calculate how much time Caron has left to serve in prison.
Roetzel estimates he will serve approximately one year before he is eligible for parole.