Accused Valley sex trafficker now faces witness tampering charges
PHOENIX – A Valley man known as “Lourock B” has been accused of witness tampering related to his indictment on charges of sex trafficking and running a prostitution ring, authorities said Friday.
A state grand jury indicted Louis Charles Broadway-Phillips, 25, earlier this month for allegedly making contact with women he’s been accused of trafficking, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office said in a press release.
Broadway-Phillips, who goes by the nicknames of “Lourock” and “Lourock B,” was indicted in April on 12 felony counts, including one for child sex trafficking and three for receiving the earnings of a prostitute.
The other charges were illegally conducting an enterprise, money laundering, two counts of sex trafficking and four counts of pandering.
He was released from jail May 2 after posting a $25,000 bond. Between Aug. 14 and Oct. 1 he allegedly made indirect or direct contact with three women in the case, according to the release.
He allegedly tried to get them to recant their stories and offered one of them food, clothes and a ride to court to do so, the release said.
The new indictment is for two counts of tampering with a witness and one count of influencing a witness. Broadway-Phillips pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday.
He is being held without bond, according to the release.
The case was investigated by the Mesa Police Department.