A Ventnor man accused of running a house of prostitution out of his Newport Avenue apartment will have his first court appearance on the charges this afternoon.

Marc Branch, 39, was arrested last week on charges including human trafficking and prostituting a minor for allegedly luring young men and older teens to his home and then selling their sexual services to clients he solicited on the Internet.

Branch allegedly fed some of his victims’ drug addictions and used money, friendship and even, at times, shelter to get the young men to his home.

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He is jailed on $250,000 bail.

The victims include at least one minor whom Branch drugged on two occasions before allowing a client to sexually assault the teen, authorities said. Branch has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault for the attacks.

Branch was originally due in court Tuesday, but that was postponed because he had a medical situation at the Atlantic County Justice Facility where he is being held.

No details of that problem were released publicly.

Branch was due in court Nov. 5 for a status conference in an unrelated drug case. He was convicted of third-degree drug possession in December, but was given no jail time.

Court records list him being born in Philadelphia, and standing 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. His Facebook page lists his hometown as Cherry Hill and says he went to Cumberland County College.

Branch will appear before Superior Court Judge Michael Donio at 1:30 p.m.

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