Joshua Hensley, a Denver correctional officer at the women’s prison, was arrested in July by the Denver Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit. He was charged with two counts of attempted pimping and one count of patronizing a prostitute. According to reports, the guard dispensed medications, while in the prison. However, on the streets, he was in contact with multiple women in an effort to recruit them as prostitutes. Here’s is the story about the Denver correctional officer arrested for allegedly pimping women.
Police received a tip in April on Hensley’s criminal involvement when they arrested a woman for possession of methamphetamine. She then told arresting officers that the correctional officer was pimping female inmates. According to her account, the women would advertise online and arrange to meet the Johns. Hensley would pay for their clothes and motel charges in exchange for a percentage of their earnings.
Police obtained Hensley’s phone and confirmed text messages with the informant, as well as hundreds of other women with the same kind of propositions. In a series of text messages, Hensley coerced women into making money for him as prostitutes and even threatened to whip them for having sex with black men.
The arrest affidavit said that it was possible that Hensley used his position of employment to identify and recruit vulnerable women into the acts of prostitution. Denver police and CDOC officers are now trying to identify more victims of Hensley’s attempted pimping enterprise.
Using a Position of Power for Sexual Assault
Sadly, 80% of the world’s prostitutes are women in vulnerable situations between the ages of 13 and 25. The sex trade industry is booming in the United States, with between 1-2 million prostitutes working across the country. Many of these prostitutes were coerced into prostitution by people in power and in trusted positions of authority.
Being a victim of sexual assault and abuse is scary. Even if you willingly entered into a sexual agreement, you may have cause to file a claim against your abuser if they used force or their position of power to coerce you. After all, consent isn’t valid in these situations. A correctional officer is an example of a position of authority and trust. As such, any sexual activity entered into may be considered assault.
Have You Been a Victim of Sexual Assault or Abuse?
If you’ve been a victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse at the hands of someone in power, it is important to know that you are not alone. You have legal rights to press charges against your abuser, and we can help make that happen. We believe that victims of abuse and assault deserve justice. Contact Pamela Maass of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653. We can help you hold your abuser accountable for their actions and also hold negligent institutions accountable for the harm you suffered. Call us today.