AURORA, Colo. — One of the seven people charged in a child trafficking and prostitution case involving a homeless teenage girl works at Children’s Hospital and has been placed on unpaid leave, hospital officials said.
Ephraim Imperial, 51, was among five men arrested and charged with solicitation of child prostitution by prosecutors in the First Judicial District this week. The other four charged with solicitation are Zachary Ryan Garrett, 25, Robert Bruce Gordon, 72, Glenn Foster Eugene Cloud, 38, and James Kyushik Min, 42.
Two others — Cravaughn Lacrae Maloy, 20, and Alicia Sykes, 20 — have each been charged with pimping a child, pandering of a child, soliciting for child prostitution, keeping a place of child prostitution, inducement of child prostitution and contributing to the delinquency of a child.
“The individual that has been charged has been put on unpaid administrative leave pending a full investigation,” Children’s Hospital said in a statement.
The hospital did not say what Imperial does at the hospital.
The District Attorney’s Office said in a news release that Maloy and Sykes met the 17-year-old girl near a liquor store on West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood in June 2014.
The couple took her in and gave her a place to sleep, but Maloy told the girl she would have to prostitute in order to stay, the arrest affidavit said.
Sykes took photos of the girl in lingerie and posted them to websites in an attempt to solicit men to have sex with her, the affidavit reads.
The girl was provided a prepaid phone card to contact customers who responded to the ad, the affidavit said. The couple arranged the location and price for each man to engage in sexual activity with the teen.
Sykes, Garrett, Gordon, Imperial and Min have been arrested and have court dates scheduled, the District Attorney’s Office said.
Warrants have been issued for the arrests of Maloy and Cloud.