Arrested earlier this month, John Henry Cyprian Jr. has been charged with rape following allegations he sexually assaulted one of the young women he coerced into working for him. Known as "Lucky" on the street, Cyprian, 34, is alleged to have pimped two young women, aged 22 and 23.
In charging papers, King County prosecutors claim Cyprian made hundreds of thousands of dollars pimping the young women in and around Seattle and Portland. One young woman explained she made at least $2,400 a day for four months while Cyprian was her pimp. Of course, he kept all the money.
Bellevue police suspect Cyprian pimped several other young women, as records show he purchased ads on prostitution websites for them. One of them is believed to be a child prostitute, though she has not yet been identified by investigators.
The 22-year-old woman walked into Bellevue police headquarters on April 4 and asked to speak with a detective about human trafficking there. Brought to an interview room, the woman recounted her life story for investigators.
Raised in Portland, Oregon, the woman went to work as a prostitute at age 19. She told police she was independent, meaning she didn't have a pimp.
She traveled between Portland and Seattle, working primarily in South Seattle when in town. She got to know other independent prostitutes, including one who ultimately introduced her to "Lucky" in early April 2013.
At the time, Cyprian was posting advertisements for the other woman. Cyprian, the 22-year-old told police, had managed to insinuate himself as the woman's pimp.
While pimps often provide prostitutes with a measure of protection, they also frequently rape and beat the women they've coerced into working for them. Financial exploitation is a given - pimps tend to keep all of the earnings a woman generates through prostitution.
The 22-year-old told police she initially declined offers to have Cyprian post advertisements for her. While hanging out at a SeaTac hotel, she said, Cyprian became more insistent and demanded she have sex with him.
Speaking with police, the woman said Cyprian groped her despite her insistence that he stop. Cyprian is alleged to have then raped her in the motel room, hours after they met.
Following the sexual assault, Cyprian began pimping the young woman in the Seattle area, a Bellevue detective said in charging papers. Cyprian is alleged to have posted photos of the woman on prostitution-related websites, paying for the ads himself.
The woman told police Cyprian beat her at least once a week during the four months he was her pimp.
"She never understood specifically why he assaulted her but recounted that she felt 'lower' each time he did," the detective said in charging papers.
He managed her clients, too; most of the men who paid her for sex did so after arranging the "date" through Cyprian.
The woman made thousands of dollars for Cyprian, the detective said in charging papers. She had sex with about 15 men each day, earning as much as $200 a date. Cyprian kept all the money, the detective said, doling it out to the woman only when she needed necessities.
Just weeks after she went to work for Cyprian, the woman was caught in a police sting while working out of the downtown Bellevue Hilton hotel. At the time, the detective said, the woman denied having a pimp even though Cyprian had arranged the date.
The woman broke away from Cyprian in July and later became pregnant. Looking for support, she told Cyprian the child was his.
According to charging papers, Cyprian began pimping her again before she fled the area. She returned in January after Cyprian bought her a bus ticket.
By then, Cyprian had another young woman supporting him with her prostitution earnings, the detective told the court. The three of them bounced between hotels in King and Snohomish counties for a while, while the 23-year-old woman earned money as a prostitute.
The trio went to Portland at one point so the other woman could work as a prostitute there. Too obviously pregnant to work as a prostitute, the 22-year-old drove Cyprian's car south; police claim the other young woman had 50 "dates" in 48 hours, enriching Cyprian greatly.
Writing the court, the detective said Cyprian was likely pimping an as-yet unidentified teen girl as well. The 17-year-old appeared in an advertisement posted by Cyprian, the detective said.
Investigators have since retrieved hotel records and receipts supporting the woman's version of events. They also claim to have recovered a video showing Cyprian beating the 23-year-old woman at an Auburn hotel.
Earlier in June, police located Cyprian at an Auburn apartment where he'd apparently been living after taking up with a woman 20 years his senior.
According to charging papers, the 53-year-old bailed Cyprian out of jail in May after he was arrested on suspicion of assault. He was apparently caught on a recorded jail phone line explaining that he "loved her" and needed her to post bail so he could "get back to work to make money for their place."
The woman and Cyprian apparently had a falling out shortly before his arrest on June 16.
Questioned by detectives, Cyprian described both the women he's accused of pimping as ex-girlfriends. He denied pimping either of them, according to charging papers, and claimed not to know anything about three other women pictured in advertisements he paid for.
The allegations are similar to those made against Cyprian in May 2011, when a Renton woman reported her boyfriend-turned-pimp was abusing her. Cyprian was charged with pimping in that matter but ultimately pleaded guilty to a drug-dealing offense.
Now, he is charged with third-degree rape, as well as five counts of second-degree promoting prostitution. He remains jailed on $300,000 bail and has not yet entered a plea.