SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man, who said his bond payments could only be paid by prostitution, has pleaded not guilty to a felony pimping charge.
Justin Ferguson, 19, pleaded not guilty Monday in Woodbury County District Court to one charge of pimping, a Class D felony.
Ferguson and his girlfriend, Jordyn Delfs, 19, were arrested in March after an undercover officer made arrangements to meet the woman at a hotel.
Delfs, 19, also of Sioux City, faces a charge of soliciting prostitution, an aggravated misdemeanor.
According to court documents, the officer viewed Delfs' advertisement on Backpage.com, a known prostitution website. Delfs agreed to meet the officer at a room at Holiday Inn, 701 Gordon Drive. The officer arranged to pay $250 for oral sex and intercourse. He gave Delfs the money, and she was arrested.
Ferguson and Delfs told police that they use the money from prostitution to pay the $950 monthly cost for his bond related to previous robbery charges.
The couple are linked to the case of Isaiah Mothershed, accused of shooting Sioux City police Officer Ryan Moritz in the leg on Feb. 7. They were in an apartment at 2947 Park Ave. when police arrived to make arrests related to a string of armed robberies involving Mothershed, Ferguson and several other suspects.
Ferguson has pleaded not guilty in Woodbury County District Court to two counts of first-degree robbery. He is accused of taking part in robberies on Feb. 2 at C College Court and Feb. 5 in the 4500 block of Polk Street. He is scheduled to stand trial June 7.
Delfs was arrested in February on a charge of harboring a runaway. That charge was later dismissed.