Walter Miller, 39, was charged with battering his girlfriend and forcing her into prostitution in suburban Stone Park, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was arrested after a complaint by his 30-year-old girlfriend prompted a joint investigation by the sheriff's office and the Cook County State's Attorney's office.
The woman, whose name has not been publicly disclosed, told police she began dating Walter Miller in January 2010. Unemployed, he allegedly forced her to prostitute herself because her job as a waitress reportedly didn't earn them enough money.
Walter Miller allegedly forced her to sell herself for sex at west suburban Stone Park bars, an area police said was a hotspot for prostitution. She claims he beat her and even threatened to kill her, telling her he would make false complaints regarding her young child if she didn't comply with his demands.
He'll likely want to get himself a good Chicago criminal attorney, given the severity of the charges.
He has been charged with involuntary servitude, a class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, according to a press release by the Cook County Sheriff's Office. Other charges include trafficking in persons for forced labor or services, aggravated domestic battery and pandering.
The investigation was headed up by the Cook County Sheriff's Police Vice Unit and the Cook County State's Attorney's Human Trafficking Initiative Unit.
Walter Miller reportedly has a long criminal record, including charges for drug possession, theft and domestic battery. He was arrested at his home on Sunday without incident.
The victim is receiving assistance from the Sheriff's Department of Women's Justice Services as well as its Human Trafficking Response Team, including mental health services and therapeutic housing.