Two additional felony charges of human trafficking and sexual assault were filed Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court against a 51-year-old Racine man.

Torrence C. Smothers, who is in custody on a $50,000 bond, was charged Thursday with felony counts of human trafficking and second-degree sexual assault in two separate cases.

The human trafficking charge carries a fine of $100,000 and 25 years in prison, while the sexual assault charge carries a fine of $100,000 and 40 years in prison.

Smothers was charged in April with felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, strangulation, suffocation, intimidation of a victim, possession of a firearm by a felon and failing to maintain sex offender registry status, along with five misdemeanors.

A three-day jury trial in those cases is scheduled to begin July 24.

Court records indicate that Smothers was convicted in 1993 of first-degree sexual assault with the use of a dangerous weapon in Kenosha County.

According to the criminal complaint in the human trafficking case:

An investigator with the Caledonia Police Department in May interviewed a woman, who stated she had been working as a prostitute since October 2017 and gave all her proceeds/earnings to Smothers, who she said acted as her “pimp.”

During that time, the woman said she and Smothers lived in hotels before they eventually moved to 4929 Chester Lane in Caledonia.

The woman stated that Smothers helped get her off drugs in September of 2017 and began to manage her money and update her photographs online. She said the defendant began to get “real” abusive in March and early April and had tied her up more than once.

The woman also stated she would earn around $1,500 a night and turned all the money over to Smothers, who would pay to have her nails and feet done, for the hotel rooms and the Chester Lane residence.

According to the criminal complaint in the sexual assault case:

An officer with the Mount Pleasant Police Department in December 2016 spoke to a woman about a sexual assault that occurred at America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, 5419 Durand Ave., in Mount Pleasant.

The woman stated she had been getting text messages from the defendant two weeks earlier about wanting to meet up. The two met in Kenosha and eventually went to the hotel in Mount Pleasant, where Smothers told her to use drugs. She refused, and he threw her on the bed and began choking her before she agreed to snort lines of what she believed was cocaine.

After doing the drugs, the woman said she was again thrown on the bed, where the defendant allegedly forcibly removed her clothing and forced her to have sexual intercourse. The woman said she repeatedly told him to stop, and that during the assault, Smothers hit her, bit her ear and bit her breast.

A DNA sample taken from the victim showed Smothers as the source of the DNA, the complaint states.

A preliminary hearing in both cases has been scheduled for July 25 at 9 a.m.


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