Couple pleads guilty to using teen as prostitute

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Associated Press

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 12:03 PM

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas couple has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a child in a case involving a 14-year-old girl who authorities say was sold for sex.

Twenty-four-year-old Erin Patton pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children. Her boyfriend, 24-year-old Keith Williams, pleaded guilty in February to a similar charge.

Prosecutors say the 14-year-old ran away from home in 2012 and met Patton, who directed her toward prostitution and drove the girl to meet with men. The girl gave Patton a portion of the money she received.

The child would return home for a few months but then contact Patton to pick her up. Patton and Williams would then facilitate her work as a prostitute by advertising her and driving the child to meet men.

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