Houston man indicted for sex trafficking of minors

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on April 1, 2013 at 7:01 PM

HOUSTON – Tevon Harris, as known as “Da Kidd” and “King Kidd,” was detained Monday pending trial on charges connected to the trafficking of minors for commercial sex, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Scott, 21, of Houston, made his initial appearance on Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Francis Stacy after he was arrested on March 26 by members of the Houston FBI Innocence Lost Task Force.

According to an indictment returned on March 20, Harris is charged with two counts of trafficking of a children under 18 for commercial sex while knowing they were underage and using force, fraud or coercion to cause them to engage in a commercial sex act. The crimes allegedly occurred in January and July of 2012.

A federal investigation, which includes such agencies as the Houston Police Department, developed this case using statements from victims as well as online advertisements for the victims’ services and hotel records from several hotels.

At the detention hearing Monday, information was presented that in order to gain the trust of victims, whom he allegedly met on social networking sites, Harris would tell them he was going to help them become models. He would allegedly pick them up, take them to motel rooms and force them to have sex with him.

The allegations further indicate he would also deprive them of their cell phones, thereby cutting off their communication with the outside world.

In court, it was also presented that he would use violence to keep the minors cooperating with him. In one instance, he allegedly deprived a victim of food more than four days period, because he did not believe she was servicing his clients well enough, according to allegations. He allegedly also supplied her with marijuana and alcohol.

It is also alleged that the victims were photographed and their images were posted in online ads for prostitution. All monies they earned were kept by Harris, according to the information presented in court.

One of the victims was allegedly beaten with a towel rack torn from a motel room wall when Harris found her using the phone to call her mother for help.

Harris was ordered detained pending trial, currently set before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake on June 4.

Harris faces up to life imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Harris also faces a maximum of lifetime term of supervised release and he will be required to register as a sex offender.

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