Former Kutztown University food worker hit with sex trafficking charges

A former Kutztown University food worker is accused of trafficking women for prostitution.

Willie James Johnson, 57, is facing human trafficking charges. 

Northern York County Regional Police said detectives began investigating Willie James Johnson, 57 of Catasauqua, in June, when an informant provided information about Johnson allegedly trafficking her and other women in prostitution.

Johnson provided the women with lodging at local motels and with heroin, police said.

Investigators identified and interviewed another five women who said they were trafficked by Johnson between 2014 and 2017, according to police.

WFMZ-69 News reported that Johnson worked for Kutztown University as an employee of Aramark food services.

Johnson is charged with trafficking in individuals, involuntary servitude, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and criminal use of a communication facility.

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Johnson was arrested on Oct. 5 without incident in Kutztown. He was transported to the York County Central Booking and arraigned on the charges, and is being held in the York County Prison without bail.

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