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      Liverpool man admits role as ringleader of online prostitution enterprise

      Eric Oliver

      A Liverpool man admits his role as ringleader of an online prostitution enterprise.

      29-year-old Eric J. Oliver pleaded guilty in Lansing Town Court to promoting prostitution. Prosecutors say Oliver, who goes by the alias "Mahn," was trafficking young women from Onondaga County to Tompkins County for the purpose of prostitution.

      They say Oliver used online websites like backpage.com to advertise and promote prostitution.

      He was arrested March 23 at the Econo Lodge in the Town of Lansing, where prosecutors say he had rented rooms for the prostitutes to engage in sexual acts. Oliver's prostitution enterprise offered sexual acts for price ranges between $150 and $1,000.

      Oliver is scheduled to be sentenced in Lansing Town Court on April 2. Prosecutors are seeking 9 years in prison.

      Oliver was previously charged with advancing and profiting from the prostitution of a person less than 16-year-old as a result of an investigation of missing teen who was engaged in prostitution in Watertown.