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Arlington Heights police charge man with trafficking teenage girl

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Arlington Heights police charged a Loves Park man they say acted as a pimp for a teenage girl with involuntary sexual servitude of a minor and human trafficking.

Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie on Thursday set bail at $350,000 for Kevin Chavers, who has an aggravated domestic battery case pending and whose background includes several bond forfeiture warrants.

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He must post $35,000 to be released from custody.

Police were executing an unrelated arrest warrant for Chavers, 34, at an Arlington Heights motel at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 2 when they found a 16-year-old girl who later told officers that Chavers acted as her pimp, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Catherine Levine.

Levine said the girl told police that Chavez advertised her services online, negotiated prices, tracked her appointments in a ledger and drove her to various Northwest suburban hotels where she engaged in sex for money, which he collected.

Police recovered the ledger and linked the defendant to the ads by the credit card used to pay for them, Levine said.

Authorities took Chavers into custody Wednesday. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison on the involuntary servitude charge and up to 15 years in prison on the trafficking charge.

He next appears in court on April 12.

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