Prosecutors said that a 35-year-old woman ran a multistate prostitution company out of a three-story Chicago structure that had a brothel-like atmosphere; she was given probation on Tuesday.
In February, Jessica Nesbitt entered a guilty plea to a federal conspiracy charge.
According to news reports, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly ordered Jessica Nesbitt to serve nine months of her two-year probation in home confinement.
“It’s difficult to look upon this as a crime that had identifiable victims who suffered significant harm,” Kennelly said.
According to a federal indictment made public in 2019, Nesbitt and her staff supplied prostitute services in Illinois, California, Florida, Indiana, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. for which they were paid millions of dollars.
Nesbitt acknowledged setting up prostitution services for $300 to $1,000 per hour with herself and staff members. In a plea deal with the prosecutors, she acknowledged receiving more than $1 million in payments from clients over a seven-year period through her company, Kink Extraordinaire.
Nesbitt told the judge she accepted “full responsibility” for her crime before learning her sentence, and she added that she had been a part of “an alternative lifestyle” at a very young age. She claimed that it became her main source of income.
Nesbitt added that over the past few years, she has “become well-versed in the potentially detrimental effects of prostitution.”
“Whatever sentence you impose, I will comply,” Nesbitt told Kennelly.