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Father of Mishawaka teen involved in prostitution ring expresses anger, frustration

March 01, 2013|By Kelli Stopczynski ( | WSBT TV

A South Bend man is facing felony charges, accused of running a prostitution ring. And the father of a Mishawaka teenager who was allegedly part of the ring is frustrated, sad and angry.

Police arrested Xavier McCaster, 28, last month and a deputy prosecutor charged him with three felony charges for allegedly promoting prostitution.  According to court documents, he gave at least three women – including that 18-year-old – food and a place to stay.  In return, they collected money for him as prostitutes.

“Your whole life you’re trying to make a difference in someone’s life and every step of the way is resistance,” the father said Friday morning.

It’s painful for him to talk about.  WSBT chose not to identify the father because his daughter, now 19, is considered a victim of an alleged sex crime. 


“She’s run away, she doesn’t like to stay put,” he added.  “She doesn’t seem to have any goals that are more than minute-to-minute so she puts herself in situations that are very dangerous.”

In late January the teen ended up at the Motel 6 on Lincolnway East in Mishawaka with a friend, court documents said.  That’s where she told police McCaster gave her food and paid for the room as long as she had sex with the men he brought there.

She also told her dad McCaster stole all of the prescriptions used to treat her bipolar and other psychiatric disorders.

Court documents say McCaster advertised the women on a website called  In an unrelated case last month, police arrested three men accused of meeting women for sex on that website. 

One of the women involved in McCaster’s arrest told investigators he made arrangements for her to perform prostitution in other cities – including Chicago and Grand Rapids. She also said McCaster beat her when he questioned the amount of money she gave him.

The teen told police McCaster searched her purse to make sure she wasn’t hiding money from him.

“We were already expecting something like this so it didn’t come as a shock,” her dad told WSBT.

The teen told police McCaster then took her to the Comfort Inn and Suites on North Main Street in Mishawaka where she stayed in a room with two other women. She said McCaster would bring men to the room to have sex with them but on February 12 she told him she didn't want to do it anymore and he kicked her out. 

“One morning police came to the door with her and convinced me to let her back in the house to get her off the street because she was sleeping in the Wal-Mart parking lot,” said her dad.

He didn’t know where his daughter was when WSBT knocked on the door at the family’s home Friday morning and said he wasn’t sure what to do next.

“It’s just such a whirlwind of emotions between anger and sadness and helplessness, you know?  I don’t feel like I can do anything at all to help,” he added, saying he’s tried multiple psychiatric treatment centers for his daughter but since she’s an adult she has to want help for her problems.

McCaster is due in court March 12.

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