- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A California man is charged with running a prostitution scheme in Billings.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1CMXp0L ) 38-year-old Taj Tesfaye Hayes appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video on Tuesday, where he was charged with promoting prostitution. His bail was set at $25,000 and Hayes was ordered to appear in District Court on April 7 to enter a plea.

Court records say a Montana Division of Criminal Investigation agent responded to an ad in the adult escort section of an unnamed publication last Friday. He texted the phone number, agreed to a $150 price for 30 minutes and was told to go to a local hotel.

Agents arrested the woman and Hayes, who paid for the hotel room. Prosecutors say agents called the number in the advertisement and a phone Hayes was carrying rang.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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