Vyvyan enters not guilty pleas

IRON MOUNTAIN – Not guilty pleas have been entered for a Kingsford man accused of transporting women to a man’s residence for the purposes of prostitution.

Johnathan Vyvyan, 24, was scheduled for an arraignment Monday in Dickinson County Circuit Court.

However, he and his defense attorney Kalen Lipe opted to file a waiver of arraignment. As a result, Vyvyan did not appear in court in person.

Judge Mary B. Barglind entered the not guilty pleas on his behalf.

A pre-trial in the matter is scheduled for July 21.

Vyvyan faces felony counts of human trafficking-obtain the labor of a minor by force, fraud, or coercion; human trafficking-recruiting a minor for child sexually abusive activity; prostitution-transporting a female; and failure to comply with the sex offender registration act.

If convicted on all counts, he could spend up to 58 years in prison.

The charges against Vyvyan stem from incidents that occurred in August 2013 in Iron Mountain.

According to the criminal complaint and court testimony, Vyvyan is accused of placing an advertisement on the website Craigslist to find men who were interested in receiving massages from women. He allegedly told at least one man that extra services, including sexual contact, might be included with the massages.

Two females, a 16-year-old girl and a 24-year-old woman, claimed that Vyvyan brought them to the man’s house in Iron Mountain on different occasions.

The girl testified that she only went with Vyvyan because he had told her that she would be cleaning the man’s house. She agreed to massage the man, but left when the man took off his underwear.

The woman testified that she did begin to have sexual contact with the man when asked, but she soon stopped and proceeded with the massage.

According to testimony, Vyvyan was supposed to receive a cut of the money for each encounter.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.