Ellington has been held at the Kanabec County Jail since April 2 on a counterfeiting/fraud charge. He was scheduled to be released July 12, the Pioneer Press reported.
According to the criminal complaint, the sex worker deposited at least $890 into his jail account in April through jailpayments.com so they could communicate by text messages.
“In those text messages, (Ellington) would discuss the commercial sex operation, various narcotic transactions and suspected ongoing fraudulent activity,” the complaint states. “(He) would instruct her to deposit large sums of money in his jail account so he could continue to communicate via text/telephone and purchase canteen items.”
Kanabec County Sheriff Brian Smith told the Pioneer Press the text messages were sent through a jail-issued iPod; Ellington paid for each text.
“I don’t think there is a facility in the state that has the resources to monitor every single inmate’s communications,” Smith told the newspaper said. “We wish we could, but we can’t, so we’ve got to go where the hot spots are.”
Smith said the discovery of the prostitution ring was “embarrassing.”
We're here to protect people, and we weren't completely protecting people," Smith told the Pioneer Press.