Atlantic City man gets prison terms for forcing 7 women into prostitution

Donnie Bethea

An Atlantic City man who used threats of violence to force seven women into prostitution in the Jersey shore resort town is now headed to prison.

Donald Bethea received a 13 year-sentence Wednesday for human trafficking and a seven-year consecutive term for sexual assault. He also received three-year sentences for a weapons charge and a probation violation, but those two terms will be served concurrent to his other sentences.

The 32-year-old Bethea had pleaded guilty last August.

Bethea initially was charged in August 2013 after Egg Harbor Township police found he was holding a 22-year-old woman against her will and forcing her to have sex for money.

A subsequent FBI investigation found Bethea was linked to seven victims ranging in ages from 20 to 22.
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