Pedophile Tracking Trafficker Convicted on 9 Charges in Federal Court

Lorain County pimp Jeremy Mack was convicted Tuesday on all nine counts of sex trafficking, conspiracy, drug dealing, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi will sentence Mack on May 29.

One of the sex-trafficking charges involved a 16-year-old high school girl whom Mack had recruited to work for him as a prostitute.

Mack, 38, of Elyria, employed Ashley Onysko, 24, of Avon Lake, who pleaded guilty to recruiting teenage women for Mack, providing the women with free heroin and cocaine, and driving them to motel rooms where they would engage in sex with men.

After the women became addicted, Mack forced them to work as prostitutes to pay off their drug debts to him.

Some of the women who testified during the weeklong trial accused Mack of routinely beating and choking them, of brandishing handguns and stun guns, and of threatening to kill them and their families if they crossed him or tried to escape from his house in Elyria.

The jury deliberated over the course of two days.


“With today’s verdict, Jeremy Mack’s time roaming our community and preying on the most vulnerable will finally come to an end,” said U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach.

Stephen Anthony, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cleveland office, praised the verdicts.

“Thankfully, Mr. Mack will not be able to prey on and victimize children from where he is — behind bars,” Anthony said.

The witness tampering and obstruction of justice charges involved Mack advising his son to “stick with the script” when testifying before a grand jury. Mack also gave money to Onysko to buy gifts for one of his prostitutes, with a message that she not “flip” and testify against him or speak to the FBI.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bridget Brennan and Carole Skutnik.

Mack’s original lawyers, Assistant Federal Public Defenders Edward Bryan and Carolyn Kucharski, stepped down from the case after prosecutors accused them of helping Mack violate a court no-contact order with witnesses and victims.

The prosecutors reported Kucharski and Bryan to the U.S. Office of Public Integrity for what they called “improper and potentially illegal” activities in the case. The investigation is ongoing.

Bryan and Kucharski say they did nothing wrong, describing their actions as the work of extraordinarily diligent lawyers merely doing their jobs.

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