Police: Md. man drugs, rapes woman on first date, turns her into sex trafficking victim

    Kyle Hilliard. (Montgomery County Police Department)

    GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJLA) - What was meant to be a casual first date catapulted a 24-year-old woman into a nearly 24-hour-long hellhole of roofies, human trafficking and illegal drug deliveries, Montgomery County police allege in court documents obtained by ABC7.

    The initial connection started like so many do nowadays -- on a dating app. The app, called SKOUT, pairs strangers based on their phones' GPS coordinates.

    According to police, the female victim matched with Kyle Hilliard, 30, of Gaithersburg, on Aug. 1. After messaging one another throughout the day, Hilliard suggested the victim take a Lyft to a home located along the 900 block of Wild Forest Drive in Gaithersburg. The victim obliged.

    Investigators said the two drank alcohol and smoked pot before having consensual sex. It was then that Hilliard reportedly revealed he had recently gotten out of jail and made money by selling drugs. That confession frightened the victim. When she asked to leave, Hilliard allegedly grabbed the woman by the neck and firmly stated he now "owned" her and would use her to "make some money."

    The victim would later tell detectives that after regaining her breath, she watched Hilliard cook a white powdery substance on tin foil over the kitchen stove. The powder crystallized over time. Hilliard reportedly told the victim the recipe was for "mollie" and "meth" and explained that they would soon leave for New York to obtain more drugs.

    Hilliard allegedly refused to provide the victim with food throughout the course of the evening but did supply her with an unknown liquid concoction. The victim ultimately fell unconscious, presumably from the drink. When she awoke, she found herself lying naked on a bloody makeshift bed in the basement. The victim noticed a box of unopened condoms and a fresh needle mark in her arm. Police note she'd never injected drugs in her life.

    In a state of confusion, the victim aimlessly walked upstairs and found her cell phone, which had a number of newly created dating app profiles. Messages within those apps were actively advertising sexual acts in exchange for money. One man had already offered $100 for sex with the victim and had last indicated he was en route to the Wild Forest Drive address. Court documents do not clearly indicate if that man made it to address before the woman awoke.

    Once clothed, Hilliard allegedly forced the victim to join him in a Lyft bound for D.C. in order to deliver drugs to customers. Hilliard left the victim alone in the Lyft while making each delivery. During the final drop off, the victim bolted toward an alleyway where she ordered a Lyft of her own and successfully escaped capture.

    On Aug. 3, staff at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville performed a sexual assault test on the victim. Simultaneously, investigators served a search warrant on the home Hilliard was living in, locating "items of evidence ... consistent with [the victim's] account," court documents state.

    Hilliard, who is unemployed and divorced, faces up to 55 years in prison on charges of second-degree rape, human trafficking, second-degree assault and false imprisonment. He is currently in Montgomery County custody on a no-bond status. Hilliard's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 19, at the Montgomery County District Courthouse in Rockville. No defense attorney is listed in court paperwork.

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