Arrested outside a Kent jail after dropping the 22-year-old woman off to quash a restraining order, Joseph McDaniels, 43, is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Tuesday for taking the woman to Oregon to work as a prostitute.
Most recently of Shoreline, McDaniels went so far as to print up business cards for his pimping business. A self-described bodyguard and debt collector, McDaniels is also a registered sex offender who previously served a 15-year prison term after raping a teen girl.
McDaniels, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ye-Ting Woo said in a statement to the court, "has a history of violence towards women, particularly those who are young and vulnerable."
"He has not shown any respect for the law, nor has he shown any remorse or effort to live a crime-free life," Woo told the court. "The defendant has shown contempt for the law and orders of the court, and has done so throughout his adult life."
Having previously pleaded guilty to related offenses, McDaniels was accused of pimping his 22-year-old girlfriend while the young woman lived in the home he shared with his wife. Prosecutors assert McDaniels was looking for other women to pimp, and was actually arrested riding with an 18-year-old he hoped to press into prostitution.
McDaniels was previously sentenced to 15 years in state prison after forcing his way into the home of a 16-year-old girl when he pretended to answer a classified advertisement she'd posted to sell a trumpet. McDaniels raped the girl, burglarized the house and left her tied up with a towel in her mouth.
He was released in February 2011, and was again being investigated by November of that year.
Kent police called to a trailer park following a report of a disturbance found McDaniels. At the time, McDaniels described himself as a contractor for an escort service and claimed to have come to the trailer park to collect money from a woman who refused to pay for two hours' worth of an escort's time.
Saying he was an "escort's escort," McDaniels suggested his activities were legal in part because his business - Just Us Services - is licensed with the state. At the time, McDaniels admitted to posting photos of prostitutes online, driving women to "dates" and collecting money.
Weeks later, McDaniels was again arrested after attacking the prostitute who was owed money by the Kent woman. Woo noted an 18-year-old woman was riding with McDaniels at the time.
McDaniels was charged in King County Superior Court with promoting prostitution and assault, and ultimately pleaded guilty to an assault charge and served 153 days in jail.
Released in early April and ordered not to contact the then-22-year-old woman, McDaniels continued to pimp her while she lived at the Shoreline home McDaniels shared with his wife.
On April 30, Kent police were called to the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent after the woman told staff there that McDaniels had been holding her against her will.
As it turned out, McDaniels dropped the woman off believing she would ask for the removal of a restraining order filed against him. Instead, the woman went to a King County Prosecutor's Office victim advocate and asked for help.
Speaking with police, the woman said McDaniels had pimped her and another woman around Seattle and in Portland. She said she wanted to leave, but was afraid McDaniels would kill her.
"McDaniels continually threatened to harm her family and would play mind games with her," a Kent detective told the court. "She made it clear to McDaniels she didn't want to be with him."
Once, McDaniels said he would drive her to her mother's house, then stopped a few blocks away and laughed, the detective continued.
"Did you really think I was gonna let you go?" McDaniels allegedly asked the woman, before returning her to his home.
McDaniels was arrested outside the Justice Center waiting to pick the woman up.
Initially charged in state court, McDaniels was indicted in U.S. District Court and ultimately pleaded guilty to taking people across state lines for prostitution.
Woo noted that McDaniels used the woman's drug addiction and love for him - as well as threats of violence - to turn a profit.
Writing the court, the federal prosecutor described the woman as a drug user who depended on McDaniels to supply her. While working as a prostitute for him, she also believed he loved her.
"She had deep feelings for the defendant and believed that he cared for and about her, but has since recognized that he was manipulating her drug addiction and using her for his personal benefit," Woo told the court. "(She) felt tricked and deceived by the defendant, and was very scared of him."
Woo, who was joined in the prosecution by Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Attorney Daniel Weiss, asked that McDaniels receive the 10-year prison sentence suggested in his plea agreement.
U.S. District Judge James Robart is expected to sentence McDaniels on Tuesday morning. McDaniels remains jailed.