CHICAGO — Like father, like sons, unfortunately.
A cruel Chicago dad groomed his twin sons to become vicious pimps who forced underage girls into prostitution, prosecutors said.
Nathan Nicholson, 45, and his 24-year-old sons, Tyrelle and Myrelle Lockett were all hit with lengthy prison sentences last week for running a family business in which the sons preyed on young girls they met at shopping malls and online.
According to federal prosecutors, Nicholson used the twins to recruit minor girls by promising them money for going on dates with older men in exchange for cash.
Once they lured a victim in, Nicholson would bring them to an abandoned house in Calumet City, where he would photograph them in skimpy outfits or bikinis, and then tell them they needed to “tested” by having sex with the twins.
The photos were then used for online sex ads, and the girls were soon being shopped around to have sex with men in area hotels and private homes for around $100 and hour. Whatever cash came in, went into Nicholson’s pockets and the women were beaten if they acted up or threatened to leave.
Some women were forced to get Myrelle or Tyrelle’s’ names tattooed on their necks, marking them as the twins’ property. Some women told authorities they were required to have sex with up to five strangers a day.
The twins also sought victims further afield, in one case forcing a Minnesota they had found online to come to Chicago to work for them. She managed to escape their clutches and called police, bringing the sordid family business to an end.
Both of the twins have been sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison, while their father got a 16 ½ year sentence.