Matthew Hickey on Monday pleaded guilty to four charges related to allegations he ran a porn recruitment scam that resulted in the drugging and rape of numerous women during fake auditions in his Capitol Hill apartment.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office reports on Nov. 20 Hickey pleaded guilty to indecent liberties, two counts of second degree assault (assaulting someone with the intent to commit indecent liberties) and assault in the fourth degree with sexual motivation. For the most serious charge of indecent liberties, Hickey faces a standard range of 26-34 months and will have to register as a sex offender and undergo treatment and supervision upon his release. A sentencing date of Dec. 22 has been set, but the prosecutor’s office states a lack of attorney availability will push it to January.

Hickey was charged in King County Superior Court with three counts of second-degree rape last December, months after The Stranger first reported the scam in June.

Hickey posed as Deja Stwalley, a talent recruiter running New Seattle Talent, a woman-owned recruitment company that could connect women with high-paying work in the adult entertainment industry. The team of three women and two men, the complaint states, was really just Hickey. According to the complaint, Stwalley is a former classmate of Hickey’s from Olympia, who had no knowledge of the photographer and blogger’s alleged actions. The photo with the Stwalley profile is of a woman Hickey met in Washington, D.C., according to the complaint.

Charges state Hickey found women ages 17-25 and attempted to recruit them as Stwalley through Facebook — a Myspace profile was created in 2006 — promising they could make up to $3,500 a day. They would first have to audition with one of the agency’s “hunks,” according to court documents, which was just Hickey.

The 41-year-old Capitol Hill man reportedly provided women with so much alcohol that they blacked out, a Seattle Police investigation identifying nine women who claimed they were victims of Hickey’s scam or that he had sex with them when they were too inebriated to consent.

An acquaintance of Hickey’s reported in October 2013 she was home sick and Hickey came by and made hot toddies. She reported drinking too much and waking up naked in bed with a condom wrapper on the floor. She said she confronted Hickey online, and he told her he thought she was coherent and enjoyed it, the complaint states.

Another victim of Hickey’s told police she met him through an online dating site. They met at a Capitol Hill restaurant in February 2014, had several drinks and went back to his place, according to the complaint. The victim said Hickey made her a drink and she became fuzzy after several sips, and he later began kissing her and then aggressively groping her. She too woke up with missing clothes and a condom wrapper on the floor, the complaint states.

Another woman said she was friended by “Stwalley,” who claimed to be a recruiter for an indie porn site, telling her she should get her photos taken by Hickey. After taking several sips of the drink he provided her, she too reported Hickey taking photos and then having sex with her; she was 17 at the time, according to charging documents.

Two women with similar alleged encounters with Hickey were interviewed by police, the complaint states, but those reported incidents were past the statute of limitations.

Another alleged victim told police she was drinking with Hickey and friends one night, and Hickey offered to take her home, but first had to stop at his apartment. She said he invited her upstairs, where he offered her a drink. According to the complaint, she later woke up in bed with Hickey.

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office also accused Hickey of multiple violations of the Washington Consumer Protection Act and the Commercial Electronic Mail Act.

The AG complaint states Hickey created business websites, email addresses and a Google Voice phone number with a Las Vegas area code to create a sense of legitimacy, also going as far as creating a fake profile to endorse “Stwalley’s” business. Chrissy Baaten’s fake profile was allegedly registered through the email address fakegirl@matthickey.com, according to the complaint.

Hickey allegedly used the Baaten profile to talk about being recruited into the porn industry by “Stwalley,” as well as to encourage women to take photos with Hickey “every six months at least,” the complaint states. The complaint states “Stwalley” referred her to Hickey as a trusted photographer and her ex-boyfriend.

King County Superior Court Judge Ken Schubert issued a default judgment in March, hitting Hickey with $300,000 in civil penalties and $32,201 in court fees with interest at 12 percent per annum.

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