King County prosecutors contend Nathan "Slim" Bonds convinced the girls to prostitute for him in April and then posted photos of them on Backpage.com, the embattled classified advertising site accused of doing too little to stop child prostitution.
"The defendant solicited two teenage girls, had sex with the 15-year-old girl, took sexually explicit photos of both girls, instructed both on how to prostitute, and took their earnings," Senior Deputy Prosecutor Christina Miyamasu told the court.
To motivate the girls, Bonds, 42, promised them special treatment if they brought him more than $1,000 while they were living out of a Seattle motel room, a Kent police detective told the court. Specifically, Bonds is alleged to have promised he would "buy them clothes, get their nails done, and take them to 'nice restaurants like Applebee's.'"
Prosecutors contend Bonds and two accomplices pimped the girls around the Seattle area before taking them to Portland, where they again worked as prostitutes. It was there that Bonds is alleged to have taken sexually suggestive photos of the girls.
Bonds returned the girls to the Seattle area, and both reconnected with their families, according to charging papers. He is alleged to have made at least $900 prostituting the girls during one day in Oregon.
Police claim to have recovered a text message exchange in which Bonds flirts and makes references to prostitution with one of the girls.
Bonds is also alleged to have pimped a 29-year-old woman during the same time. He has not been charged with that offense.
Arrested June 5, Bonds has been charged with promoting the commercial sexual abuse of a minor and attempting to commit the same crime. He remains jailed on $500,000 bail.