Kent man pleads not guilty to promoting prostitution charge

A 37-year-old Kent man pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree promoting prostitution in connection with an 18-year-old woman with a mental disability that he allegedly had perform sex acts with men for cash and then give the money to him.

Walter E. Woods entered his plea Dec. 12. He is scheduled to return to King County Superior Court Dec. 28 for a hearing when a trial date could be set or attorneys could ask for more time to prepare the case. Woods remaind in custody at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent with bail set at $75,000.

Prosecutors charged Woods on Nov. 28 after undercover officers set up a prostitution sting operation at the Crossland Studios hotel, 25104 Pacific Highway S., according to charging papers.

Kent Police arrested Woods for investigation of promoting prostitution on Thanksgiving Day outside of the Crossland Studios hotel. The woman told police that she had worked as a prostitute for Woods for about a week.

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