Ohio man convicted of sex trafficking involving teen girls

     (AP) – An Ohio man could face up to life in prison after being

convicted of transporting four teenage girls to Missouri to engage in


     A four-day trial in U.S. District Court in St. Louis ended Thursday when

54-year-old Kyle Maurice Parks of Columbus, Ohio, was convicted of several

counts related to sex trafficking. Sentencing is April 19.

     Prosecutors say Parks and two women brought three 17-year-old girls and a

15-year-old runaway to the St. Louis area in December 2015 and advertised sexual

services on Backpage.com.

     Columbus police searching for the runaway tracked her phone and found the

victims in a St. Charles, Missouri, motel.

     Parks’ attorney said during the trial that his client was running a legal

adult entertainment business but had been misled about the ages of the girls.


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