Evanston Man Charged for Pimping, Beating Teen Runaway

An Evanston man was held on $600,000 bond Tuesday after prosecutors said he sexually assaulted, beat, and forced a 14-year-old runaway into prostitution.

Donzell Mintz, 21, of Evanston, was charged with felony involuntary sexual servitude of a minor, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated domestic battery, according to a press release from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Prosecutors alleged that in late August, Mintz befriended the girl on the South Side of Chicago after she ran away from home and offered her a place to stay. He moved to Evanston a few days later, where he allegedly forced the victim into prostitution and drug sales.

Over the course of three weeks, Mintz had sexual relations with the girl on several occasions, the release said.

On Sept. 18, the two began got into an argument and Mintz struck the teen in the face, breaking her jaw and multiple teeth, prosecutors said. The injuries required surgery to repair.

Mintz, who is on parole for a 2011 robbery conviction, was held without bail for violating his parole and ordered held on $600,000 for the recent charges.

He is scheduled to appear in court again on Oct. 16.

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