LAWFUEL – Law News, Law Jobs Network – The three defendants charged with running a interstate prostitution ring appeared in U.S. District Court in Denver this morning for their first appearance. Kah Poh Cheah, age 28, of Thornton, Wai Chong Kong, age 38 of Highlands Ranch, and Kit Chi Ho, age 43 of Highlands Ranch, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe, where they were advised of the charges pending against them — transportation for illegal sexual activity. Magistrate Judge Watanabe then appointed a federal public defender to represent Cheah, and court appointed counsel to represent Kong and Ho.
Cheah, Kong and Ho are scheduled to next appear in court on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 11:00 am for a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing. If convicted, each defendant faces up to 10 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine. The defendants are charged by Criminal Complaint, a probable cause charging document. They each have a Constitutional right to be indicted by a federal grand jury. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Colorado Organized Crime Task Force. Agencies participating in the investigation include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Glendale Police Department, the Denver Police Department, and the Arapahoe County Sheriff. The case is being prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office.