(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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