Houston man charged with compelling prostitution
April 23, 2013 at 8:02 p.m.
Updated April 23, 2013 at 11:24 p.m.
A Houston man is accused of trafficking a woman for the sex trade.
A grand jury indicted Dedrick Lamond Dalcour, 32, Thursday on a charge of compelling prostitution by force, threat or fraud.
Dalcour injured a woman when he pushed her into a chair and made her prostitute herself Jan. 19, according to the indictment.
Victoria police officers with the special crimes unit arrested Dalcour at a hotel in the 3100 block of U.S. Highway 59 on Feb. 1, according to a report.
The officers were following up on a previous investigation and on the night of Jan. 31 found a handgun and more than 40 grams of cocaine inside Dalcour's hotel room.
While questioning Dalcour, the officers became concerned he was acting as the woman's pimp.
The woman was taken to the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, where she gave a statement that provided officers with probable cause to arrested Dalcour with compelling prostitution, trafficking of persons and engaging in organized criminal activity, according to the arrest report.
The Victoria County Criminal District Attorney's Office is investigating and preparing for trial.
Dalcour's retained attorney James Smith could not be reached for comment Tuesday. A legal assistant at his office said she filed paperwork so he could withdraw from the case.
Compelling prostitution by force, threat or fraud is a second-degree felony, which could carry a punishment of two to 20 years in prison with a $10,000 fine, according to the Texas Penal Code.
Dalcour's charge may be enhanced because Dalcour was convicted in Harris County in 1997 and 2005 of possession of a controlled substance, according to the indictment.