34-year-old Marlon Daunte Thomas appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court this week on charges of aggravated promotion of prostitution and promoting prostitution.   In Billings, a 17-year-old girl was reportedly being prostituted, and Thomas, who is believed by prosecutors to be the girl’s pimp, was arrested on Friday, November 4th.
Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace David Carter ordered Thomas held in place of a $100,000 bond and ordered him placed on a GPS monitoring device, should he be released.  Thomas was arrested on a $100,000 warrant after he posted photos of the girl on Backpage.com, a site known to law enforcement as a place to advertise illegal sexual activities.  An agent of the Division of Criminal Investigations responded to the ad and met the girl at a local hotel. Thomas was selling the girl and a 19-year-old woman who lived in the home of the 17-year-old girl’s mother.