NewsLocal NewsCleveland Metro


Cleveland pastor indicted for compelling prostitution of 2 minors given $100,000 bond

Randolph Brown
Posted at 9:26 AM, Feb 27, 2020

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland pastor who was indicted and arrested on two counts of compelling prostitution for allegedly paying two underage girls to engage in sexual activity in 2018 appeared in court for his arraignment Thursday morning.

Randolph “Randy” Brown, 64, and his co-defendant 20-year-old Joyce Richmond, were both given a $100,000 bond. If bond is posted, they will have to wear a GPS monitoring and will be confined to their residences.

Brown and Richmond were arrested Tuesday evening by special agents with the Cuyahoga Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, according to court records.

Brown’s true bill indictment accuses of him of, between August and November 2018, knowingly paying or agreeing to pay two female minors, aged 16 and 13 at the time of the incidents, to engage in sexual activity for hire. The 13-year-old minor turned 14 over the course of the alleged incidents, the indictment states.

Both cases were assigned to Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams. Their pretrials have been set for March 3 at 9 a.m.

RELATED: Cleveland pastor arrested, indicted for compelling prostitution of 2 minors