Wilmington man indicted for alleged prostitution of a minor

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Marcus Ellen Tarter
Marcus Ellen Tarter

A Wilmington man arrested in January and charged with promoting prostitution of a woman and a teenage girl was indicted this week on several felony charges in connection with the case.

Marcus Ellen Tarter, 42, of Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington, was indicted Monday by a New Hanover County grand jury on charges of felony advancing the prostitution of a minor, felony profiting from the prostitution of a minor, felony advancing prostitution and misdemeanor entering or remaining a place of prostitution, according to court records.

Tarter was arrested Friday, Jan. 8 in the 5000 block of Market Street while detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office were conducting an investigation into prostitution, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer. (Click here to find the original story in the Jan. 12 crime notebook)

According to indictments, Tarter is charged with advancing the prostitution of a minor by using the internet and social media websites between Nov. 9, 2015 and Jan. 9, as well as an adult between Jan. 1-8. Indictments also state he is charged with promoting the prostitution of the minor child and receiving a portion of the earnings from the acts of prostitution.

Brewer said the the minor victim was a 16-year-old female.

Tarter was originally booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $5 million secured bond following his arrest in early January. His bond was reduced to $2 million secured on Jan. 27. He remains in jail under that bond.

Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan is prosecuting the case for the state. Tarter has privately retained attorney Dennis H. Sullivan, of The Sullivan Law Firm, PPLC, to represent him. The case is scheduled for a March 14 hearing in New Hanover County Superior Court.