James Ross accused of recruiting women, girls for sex trafficking

By Peter Burke, Managing Editor, pburke@local10.com
Published On: Feb 26 2014 02:58:11 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 26 2014 11:49:16 PM EST
James Ross
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

A former coach at a South Florida school is accused of recruiting women and girls for sex trafficking.

James Ross, 63, of West Park, faces charges of procuring a minor for prostitution and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

Fort Lauderdale police said Ross engaged in sexually explicit phone and text conversations with an undercover detective posing as a 16-year-old. Police said Ross then arranged for himself and another undercover detective posing as a potential prostitution client to meet whom he thought was the teen so he could pay them for sex.

Police said Ross was arrested after he arranged a meeting at a Dunkin' Donuts on Davie Boulevard.

Detectives said Ross would primarily contact students while he was a coach at Broward Christian School in Plantation, where he worked until 2001. They said Ross had more than 300 index cards listing different female's names, descriptive characteristics, their hobbies or interests and a contact number.

Police are trying to make contact with the listed individuals.

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