DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — A couple from Dallas has pleaded guilty to playing a role in the sex trafficking of a 14-year-old child, an offense that carries a possible life sentence in federal prison.
Erin Patton and Keith Williams, both 24, will be sentenced this summer by a U.S. District Judge.
According to court documents, Patton met 14-year-old “Jane Doe” in September 2012 after the teen ran away from her home. Patton allowed the girl to stay with him, but facilitated her engaging in commercial sex acts by driving her to locations where the acts occurred. He also provided the teenager a cell phone so she could post her services online. The girl gave a portion of the earned money to Patton.
After running away from home again in November 2012, the girl once again contacted Patton. This time, both Patton and Williams facilitated the girl’s engaging in commercial sex acts.
While still in school in April 2013, the girl again contacted Patton, wanting to leave school. Patton and Williams allowed the girl to stay at their residence, but required her to engage in commercial sex acts to pay for her living expenses. The two drove the girl to meet with customers, collecting all of the earnings.
On May 4, 2013, Dallas Police officers encountered the then 15-year-old Jane Doe in a parked car of an area known for prostitution.
Williams came by shortly thereafter, admitting to officers that he knew she was 15. He also admitted to driving her to meet with customers and collecting earnings from her “dates”.
Patton pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a superseding information charging one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children. Her boyfriend, Williams, pleaded guilty in February 2014 to one count of sex trafficking of children.
Patton and Williams also face a fine of up to $250,000.
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