St. Paul man sentenced to nearly 14 years in Eagan prostitution bust

Giorgio Baymon

Giorgio Baymon

A St. Paul man will spend nearly 14 years in prison for assisting in the prostitution of two teenage girls at an Eagan hotel.

Giorgio Jovan Baymon, 25, was sentenced in Ramsey County Court on Jan. 31 to 166 months in prison, but received credit for 134 days served.

Baymon pleaded guilty Oct. 5 to promotion of prostitution of minors. As part of his plea deal, Baymon testified against his codefendant, Brandon Barnes.

According to the criminal complaint, Baymon posted a listing on Backpage.com with explicit photographs and cell phone numbers of two girls, ages 16 and 17.

After Baymon told the girls about their ad on Backpage.com, men began visiting an Eagan hotel room for sex in exchange for money.

Police arrested the two men while tracking the girls, one of whom was a runaway. The girls told police Baymon and Barnes forced them into prostitution.

Baymon has several previous convictions including second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in 2008 and felony domestic assault in 2010.

Barnes pleaded guilty Jan 14 to promoting prostitution of minors. His sentencing hearing is March 1.

Both men were initially charged with engaging in sex trafficking of minors, and two counts of promoting prostitution of minors.

An Elko man was also arrested for meeting the girls for sex at the hotel after responding to the online ad. Mickey Albert Cupkie, 36, pleaded guilty in September to four counts of engaging in prostitution with a minor. Cupkie is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 28 in Ramsey County District Court.

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