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Hearing for man accused of running prostitution ring postponed

October 26, 2016 GMT

POCATELLO — The preliminary hearing for a Chubbuck man accused of operating a prostitution ring was postponed on Tuesday.

Theron Levi Radford, 43, is charged with procuring prostitution and accepting payment for prostitution, both felonies.

Radford appeared in front of Sixth District Magistrate Steven A. Thomsen on Tuesday, along with his attorney, Public Defender Randy Schulthies.

Bannock County Deputy Prosecutor Brian Trammell asked that the original complaint be amended and the dates of the crimes be extended. Schulthies requested that the hearing be reset in order for him to review additional statements related to that extension.

Radford is accused of arranging cash for sex encounters and sharing in the proceeds from those encounters.

He allegedly advertised for prostitutes on backpages.com and then paid for hotel rooms in Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, where the sexual encounters took place.

Chubbuck police assisted the Idaho Department of Treasury in executing search warrants at Radford’s Chubbuck home and at one of his businesses in May 2015. Evidence, including text message and witness statements, led police to uncover the prostitution ring.

Radford was also charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of firearm following that search.

Following the proceedings on Tuesday, Schulthies said he questioned why his client was singled out in the police investigation. None of the customers who paid for sex or the women who participated in the sex acts have been charged in connection to the case.

The preliminary hearing was continued until Nov. 15 and Radford remains free on his own recognizance.