Following King County Superior Court’s issuing of felony warrants at $250,000 each, 48-year-old David DeLay and 20-year-old Marysa Comer both have been arrested, according to a Redmond Police press release.
DeLay was taken into custody on the evening of Jan. 12 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The FBI arrested Comer at a Chicago hotel, where possible evidence of prostitution was found, on Jan. 13. DeLay was booked into King County Jail. Comer is in Illinois’ Cook County Jail; Redmond Police Investigators are working with the FBI to begin her extradition process.
The victims and their families have been notified of DeLay and Comer’s arrests. Detectives learned that one victim, who is turning 18 this week, was planning to leave Washington state and travel to Chicago to meet and work with Comer.
DeLay is charged with Promoting Prostitution in the Second Degree, Trafficking and Tampering with a Witness; Comer is charged with Promoting Prostitution in the Second Degree, Trafficking, Cyberstalking, Extortion in the Second Degree and Criminal Impersonation in the First Degree.
The pair allegedly engaged with teenage girls and young women through the Internet, indicating they wanted them to take part in a documentary about prostitution and sex trafficking. While the victims were convinced they were assisting with documentary production and would earn a substantial amount of money, they were subjected to prostitution and sex trafficking throughout the United States.