A Kansas City man identified in court documents as the local president of an allegedly violent motorcycle club was charged Tuesday in federal court with transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution.
A federal grand jury indicted Milton Charles Wilson, 58, and Kayla Pinkerton, 18, of Lee’s Summit in the case. When they appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Larsen in Kansas City Tuesday afternoon, he ordered both held in custody pending a detention hearing.
Prosecutors alleged in court documents that Wilson is president of the Kansas City chapter of the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club. He appeared in court wearing a T-shirt with a Sons of Silence MC logo on the back.
The prostitution crime allegedly occurred in December and involved an unnamed minor.
According to court documents, Wilson placed an online ad Dec. 3 offering the child for sexual activity. He allegedly picked up the victim at the child’s home and took the child to a hotel room. He also is accused of taking the child to at least two locations in Overland Park for “prostitution activity,” according to the documents, which do not reveal the child’s age.
The documents allege that Pinkerton traveled with Wilson to take the minor to Kansas, and that Wilson threatened to harm Pinkerton and her family “if this came back on him.”
“These threats are not simply idle, given Wilson’s ready access to numerous weapons and his presidency of the Sons of Silence outlaw motorcycle gang,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Daly wrote in the motion seeking Wilson’s detention.
A child prostitution conviction carries a sentence ranging from 10 years to life in prison.
Wilson also was charged with being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms. That charge alleges that Wilson illegally possessed several firearms in February 2013.
Prosecutors filed notice that they will seek to have Wilson held without bond until his trial.
Daly wrote in documents that Wilson was a flight risk because of the “inherently transitory nature” of the motorcycle group, and the fact that it has numerous chapters in the United States and overseas.