Prominent Black Lives Matter activist arrested on sex trafficking charges

Charles Wade, a Black Lives Matter activist who has been profiled in several newspapers and was invited to the White House, has been charged with seven counts, including sex trafficking, for pimping out a 17-year-old girl.

Daily Caller:

Charles Wade co-founded Operation Help or Hush in the aftermath of the August 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The group claims it helps raise funds for the needy and provide food and shelter for activists.

But according to a police report obtained by TheDC, the 33-year-old Wade was raising money in more explicit ways.

He was arrested on April 25 at a motel where he resided in College Park, Md. Police say he was using the motel room to pimp a 17-year-old girl.

He’s charged with seven counts, including felonies for human trafficking. The charges carry sentences of up to 25 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Wade posted $25,000 bond and left jail on April 27.

Wade denied the allegations in an email to The Daily Caller.

Formerly a stylist for Solange Knowles, the sister of Beyonce, Wade has been featured in numerous news articles about the Black Lives Matter movement. He was also invited by the White House earlier this week to a movie screening with other Black Lives Matter activists. Wade says he did not attend the function, which was on Tuesday.

Last year, a team of Washington Post reporters, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Wesley Lowery, included Wade in a profile of Black Lives Matter activists who protested after the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson.

The Post piece referred to questions about Wade’s fundraising activities — which he and his group conduct mostly through Twitter — but offered a largely glowing portrayal of the activist.

The paper also covered him in December 2014 after he helped model Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend donate to activists protesting Eric Garner’s death in New York City.

In an email to The D.C., Wade says he's innocent:

“Someone that we had just started temporarily housing was involved in activities in the temporary housing we obtained for them outside of my knowledge that caused me to be arrested after they were as the person who booked, signed for, provided ID for, and paid for the room,” he said.

That's not how the cops say the bust went down:

Despite those claims, the police report suggests that there is evidence that Wade was the person who communicated with the undercover detective by text message.

“It was revealed that the Undercover Detective was texting the Defendant when he responded to the backpage ad. When there were clients/johns, the Defendant would leave the room,” the document reads. It is unclear if that information came from the alleged victim or through some other means.

Wade issued a statement on Twitter after being contacted by TheDC in which he blamed conservative “trolls” for focusing on the case. He also said “I am confident that I will be cleared of the charges I am currently facing.”

“I was forced to make this statement before I was ready to because of ongoing efforts by Twitter ‘trolls’ to stop my work and the work of my organization,” he wrote.

Before he was ready?  What the hell does that mean?  It's obvious Mr. Wade wouldn't have been "ready" until the whole incident was swept under the rug.  Or perhaps he would make a statement about the crime when he enters prison for 25 years.

It's delusional for Wade to blame conservatives for his predicament.  And let's not lose sight of the victim – an underage girl who, however willing, nevertheless deserved protection, not exploitation.

Charles Wade, a Black Lives Matter activist who has been profiled in several newspapers and was invited to the White House, has been charged with seven counts, including sex trafficking, for pimping out a 17-year-old girl.

Daily Caller:

Charles Wade co-founded Operation Help or Hush in the aftermath of the August 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The group claims it helps raise funds for the needy and provide food and shelter for activists.

But according to a police report obtained by TheDC, the 33-year-old Wade was raising money in more explicit ways.

He was arrested on April 25 at a motel where he resided in College Park, Md. Police say he was using the motel room to pimp a 17-year-old girl.

He’s charged with seven counts, including felonies for human trafficking. The charges carry sentences of up to 25 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Wade posted $25,000 bond and left jail on April 27.

Wade denied the allegations in an email to The Daily Caller.

Formerly a stylist for Solange Knowles, the sister of Beyonce, Wade has been featured in numerous news articles about the Black Lives Matter movement. He was also invited by the White House earlier this week to a movie screening with other Black Lives Matter activists. Wade says he did not attend the function, which was on Tuesday.

Last year, a team of Washington Post reporters, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Wesley Lowery, included Wade in a profile of Black Lives Matter activists who protested after the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson.

The Post piece referred to questions about Wade’s fundraising activities — which he and his group conduct mostly through Twitter — but offered a largely glowing portrayal of the activist.

The paper also covered him in December 2014 after he helped model Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend donate to activists protesting Eric Garner’s death in New York City.

In an email to The D.C., Wade says he's innocent:

“Someone that we had just started temporarily housing was involved in activities in the temporary housing we obtained for them outside of my knowledge that caused me to be arrested after they were as the person who booked, signed for, provided ID for, and paid for the room,” he said.

That's not how the cops say the bust went down:

Despite those claims, the police report suggests that there is evidence that Wade was the person who communicated with the undercover detective by text message.

“It was revealed that the Undercover Detective was texting the Defendant when he responded to the backpage ad. When there were clients/johns, the Defendant would leave the room,” the document reads. It is unclear if that information came from the alleged victim or through some other means.

Wade issued a statement on Twitter after being contacted by TheDC in which he blamed conservative “trolls” for focusing on the case. He also said “I am confident that I will be cleared of the charges I am currently facing.”

“I was forced to make this statement before I was ready to because of ongoing efforts by Twitter ‘trolls’ to stop my work and the work of my organization,” he wrote.

Before he was ready?  What the hell does that mean?  It's obvious Mr. Wade wouldn't have been "ready" until the whole incident was swept under the rug.  Or perhaps he would make a statement about the crime when he enters prison for 25 years.

It's delusional for Wade to blame conservatives for his predicament.  And let's not lose sight of the victim – an underage girl who, however willing, nevertheless deserved protection, not exploitation.