Posted: Jun 4, 2014 5:42 AM
Updated: Jun 4, 2014 5:43 AM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) A man with a city permit to operate a candle store in San Antonio has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for instead running a prostitution ring.
The San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/1ouXWe7 ) reports 23-year-old Joshua Louis Edwards initially fled to Costa Rica after pleading guilty last September in a plea deal. Edwards was sentenced Tuesday in San Antonio for aggravated promotion of prostitution and received the maximum term.
Prosecutors say Edwards ran the prostitution ring out of the storefront operation. A 2012 Crime Stoppers tip about strange activity at the business led to Edwards.
San Antonio police investigated reports that only men were allowed to enter the usually locked store and that female employees opened the door.
Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com