CHICAGO, IL — Nathan Nicholson, 45, groomed his sons to become pimps and lure girls into performing sex acts for money, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois.
Authorities say Nicholson used his twin boys, Tyrelle Lockett and Myrelle Lockett, both 24, to set up “dates” with minor girls — who had no idea that they would become sex slaves.
Chicago-area malls became their hunting grounds, as they met the girls and promised them money for what they believed would be just dates. Once the girls accepted, Nicholson brought them to an abandoned house, photographed them partially clothed, and then “tested” them by requiring them to have sex with the twins.
Soon thereafter Nicholson and his sons would force the girls to perform commercial sex acts for money, with Nicholson keeping the proceeds.
The brothers also recruited their girls and young women on their own, and traveled to states including Indiana and Minnesota. One woman who was brought from Minnesota managed to escape Nicholson’s Chicago home and call police.
On Tuesday, a judge sentenced Nicholson to 16 years and eight months, and ordered him to pay $68,400 to two victims. Tyrelle and Myrelle each pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in prostitution. Both sons were sentenced to 17 years and eight months behind bars, and ordered to pay restitution to victims.
“The length and breadth of the defendant’s conduct, which was driven by his greed and perverse sexual desires, affected numerous victims, inflicted violence on others, and sexually exploited minors and otherwise vulnerable victims,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Renai S. Rodney and Shoba Pillay argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum in Tyrelle Lockett’s case.
“The ripple effects of his conduct will be felt for years to come.”
Main photos: Nathan Nicholson, Tyrelle Lockett, and Myrelle Lockett [Cook County Sheriff’s Office]