A former Con Ed worker is accused of using Con Ed computers to pimp out underage women though Backpage.com during the time he worked at the utility company. Royce Corley, 27, has a bail hearing tomorrow after getting arrested by the NYPD's Vice Enforcement Division in January. He faces up to seven years in prison for promotion of prostitution in the third degree and other charges. An investigator tells WPIX 11 that the NYPD caught him after tracking the IP address used for the ads to Con Edison computers.
Corley allegedly arranged for johns to have sex with at least two 17-year-old girls in a Gramercy apartment on East 21st Street. "I remember seeing a lot of people and never seeing them again," one neighbor tells WPIX. "I found that interesting about the building, but I mean, I guess yeah there were a fair amount of girls that I saw within the building." After police arrested Corley, they also seized dozens of cell phones, several computers, thumb drives, ATM cards, and $1000 in cash, according to a list of property confiscated.
Corley, who no longer works for Con Ed, is still being held on $25,000 bail. "These are baseless allegations against an innocent man and we will take the case to trial," his lawyer tells WPIX. And Corley's father insists his son posted the ads on Backpage as a favor for his friends. "They didn't know how to do it, so they asked him," Richard Corley, 53, tells the Daily News. "He's a good kid."