A Lynnwood couple is accused of luring teen girls into prostitution by leading them to believe they were helping with production of a documentary on sex trafficking.
Police are looking for David DeLay, 48, and Marysa Comer, 20, following a sex-trafficking and prostitution investigation that began in November, according to the Redmond Police Department. The couple has been charged with three counts of promoting prostitution in the second-degree. Comer was also charged with second-degree extortion and DeLay with tampering with a witness.
The King County Superior Court has issued $250,000 felony-arrest warrants for both DeLay and Comer.
According to court documents, an 18-year-old woman reported to police that in January 2014 she met Comer online and eventually fell in love with her. She moved into Comer and DeLay’s Lynnwood home in June, she told police.
Comer and Delay, who owns a production company called “Grandpa’s RV Productions,” told the 18-year-old they were filming a documentary about human trafficking and escorting and according to what police were told asked the 18-year-old to be part of the documentary.
“They stated it was best for her to be involved in the documentary about escorting so that she can know what it really is all about,” according to a probable-cause document.
The 18-year-old was sent to hotels around the country and had sex with “clients,” then turned over all the money to DeLay and Comer, according to court documents. She told detectives she had worked with other teen girls. In November 2014, she left the couple’s house and flew to California to be with her mother. Comer allegedly threatened to post provocative photos of the 18-year-old on the young woman’s Facebook page, and then changed the password for that page so only Comer was able to access the account.
The 18-year-old sought a protection order from Comer. During a hearing in December, Comer stated that she and DeLay were making a documentary on “why escorting is unlike prostitution and why it should be legalized along with pornography and ‘webcamming,’ ” according to court documents. She said she never forced the 18-year-old to do anything and that “she knew what she was getting into.”
“The defendants appear to be jointly controlling a criminal enterprise to exploit multiple young women to advance and profit from prostitution across several jurisdictions,” court documents allege.
Detectives have located at least three victims and believe there may be more, according to the police department. Anyone with information about DeLay or Comer’s whereabouts or additional victims is asked to contact 425-556-2581.