Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 19 for Dan Hyer, former sales and marketing director of Backpage.com, who pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Phoenix, Arizona, to conspiracy to facilitate prostitution.
Hyer, 49, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Charges of facilitating prostitution and money laundering against him were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.
Backpage was seized by the federal government in April on various charges related to prostitution and money laundering. CEO Carl Ferrer and the company pleaded guilty; Ferrer agreed to testify against seven other defendants, including founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. With Hyer’s guilty plea, the six remaining defendants are scheduled for trial in January, 2020.