Back in May 2011, we told about accused procurer Germaine "Jell-O" Wallace, who was arrested along with four women who allegedly helped him run a prostitution ring through high-profile Denver strip clubs. He's now been convicted on a pair of charges that netted him a fifteen-year sentence in the Big House -- a far cry from the big house where he used to live.
Prior to his arrest, as we've reported, Jell-O was livin' large, sharing a $1.3 million mansion with a bevy of beautiful babes and exotic animals like an African wild cat named Goldie.
His housemates in Florida, where he'd lived previously, were considerably less pleased to be there. Wallace and another man were convicted of armed sexual battery and more after luring two Ohio teen girls to the Sunshine State; there, they allegedly kept their victims in a house against their will and forced them into prostitution.
For this crime, Wallace served over seven months in jail, after which he apparently decided to try a variation on the scheme in a new location. Four women later identified as Allison Kelly, Amber Wilson, Teresa Weeks and Kara Laughead, the supposed "mother" of the group, are said to have traveled with Wallace to Colorado. Once here, the quartet would score jobs at clubs such as the Diamond Cabaret and PT's All Nude, then entice women they met on the grind into joining Team Jell-O.
Being part of the squad wasn't easy. Cops believe the women were required to take in a minimum of $500 a night for sex acts commonly performed in private lap-dance booths without the knowledge of club management. At night's end, they'd spread out cash on a table for Wallace to collect.
This bounty allegedly paid the rent on a Castle Rock spread large enough for Wallace and his employees to dirt bike. Also sharing the joint were exotic pets like the aforementioned Goldie and a kinkajou native to rain forests, plus plenty of weapons and a handful of cars, including one sporting a sticker of Bugs Bunny getting fresh with Jessica Rabbit.
Continue for more about the Germaine "Jell-O" Wallace case, including photos and a probable cause statement. How'd this skanky dream world come apart? Thanks to the arrest of a twenty-year-old who told police about Jell-O's approach, which she described as being far from benign. She said Laughead told her, "My man will take good care of you" -- but instead, he forced himself on her by threatening violence that closely monitored her time in the posse. While on the job, she told cops, she had to text Wallace each hour to let him know how much money she'd made. She averaged $800 per night.
Not anymore. Wallace was busted in November 2010, and he's since surrendered the home, the guns and more. But the following May, when his name made headlines, he was free on bail, and his attorney, Harvey Steinberg, best known for representing professional athletes in trouble, told the Denver Post, "Don't believe everything you read."
This bravado didn't translate into freedom for Wallace. While the felony pimping charges against Kelly, Wilson, Weeks and Laughead eventually went away, prosecutors maintained their taste for Jell-O. On Monday, about a year and a half after his arrest, he pleaded guilty to pimping and possession of a controlled substance -- some ecstasy was found in his home when it was searched -- and was immediately given a fifteen-year sentence.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Wallace's victim, who now lives out of state, watched as he was led away in handcuffs. Guess the folks at the Colorado Department of Corrections believe there's always room for Jell-O.
Look below to see Wallace's booking photo and the probable cause statement completed at the time of his arrest.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Michelle Schramm: Evidence against alleged prostitution boss includes bulk condom orders."
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