Tuesday, May 29, 2012

KCK man pleads guilty in sex trafficking case

U.S. Department of Justice

A Kansas City, Kan., man has pleaded guilty to taking a 16-year-old  girl across state lines so she could work as a prostitute, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Otis Warren, 26, Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of a minor for illegal sexual activity.

In his plea, Warren admitted that in November 2010 he transported a girl identified as AR, who was 16 years old at the time, from Kansas City, Kan., to Kansas City, Mo., so she could work as a prostitute.

Investigators with the Prairie Village Police Department working undercover agreed to pay $250 an hour to have sex with the girl. Driving a blue Cadillac, Warren dropped the girl off at a house in Prairie Village. Police followed Warren when he drove away.

They stopped him and arrested him. Investigators learned Warren kept the majority of the girl’s money while she worked for him.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 25. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years and a fine up to $250,000. Grissom commended the Prairie Village Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin for their work on the case.