James L. Rodgers, 30, of Farmington, MO, has been charged with one count of sexual trafficking of a child first degree and one count of sexual trafficking of a child second degree. Investigators said Rodgers contacted the children over the internet and the interactions were sexual in nature.
Already a registered sex offender, Jeremy David Rogers, 44, of Chesterfield, MO, was charged today in U.S. District Court in St. Louis with sex trafficking of a child. Rogers paid $200 to a 17-year-old St. Louis County high school athlete for sex. A criminal complaint claims that Rogers reached out to the teen on Snapchat. Rogers pleaded guilty last year to attempted sexual exploitation of a minor in Boone County and was sentenced to five years of probation.
Gary Wiggins, 49, and Meghann Wiggins, 34 of Burnet County, MO. face human trafficking charges related to a July 2018 investigation. The two knowingly trafficked four boys and made them do forced labor and services. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office removed eight males ages 10-17 years from the Joshua Home facility. If convicted, they could each face up to 99 years in prison.
Kansas City, MO – A 24-year-old man, Eh Tah Ger from a small Missouri town has been sentenced to federal prison on charges of taking a 12-year-old victim across state lines for criminal sexual activity. During the time he had the victim, Ger admitted to engaging in intercourse with the child multiple times.
Just this last week, 24 people in Independence Missouri were arrested with connections to human trafficking. Kansas City is considered high risk because of the geographical location, central in the United States, and easy highway access in the transportation of human victims.
The posters are required to be placed in or near bathrooms in hotels, airports, train and bus stations, urgent care centers, emergency rooms, strip clubs, women’s health centers, abortion facilities, family planning clinics, truck stops, roadside rest areas and more.
Greg Stephen, a prominent of Monticello, Iowa basketball coach was sentenced Thursday to 180 years in prison for soliciting explicit images, capturing secret nude video and photos and inappropriately touching hundreds of boys over the course of almost two decades.
Ronald Ean Taylor, 45, of Sacramento, CA. is facing 18 years in federal prison for the sex trafficking of six victims. A second victim said that Taylor smashed a liquor bottle over her head. A fifth victim said that Taylor would supply her and the sixth victim with heroin. The sixth victim died from a drug overdose.
Under House Bill 397, which is a safe harbor law sponsored by Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, R-Arnold, those who were under the age of 18 when convicted of prostitution could apply to court for a clean slate. Under the current law, defendants have to prove they were coerced into prostitution.
A verdict will be announced Wednesday (Dec. 26) for St. Louis, Mo. man Loren Copp who faces nine felony counts for alleged sex crimes against girls. According to investigators, Copp groomed two girls at his business and then sexually abused them, and accused of taking pictures of his victims while he raped them.
A man who’d previously been deported from the United States was mowing the lawn at a Lawrence public school the day he received oral sex from a 16-year-old student on school grounds, the Journal-World has learned.
Jesus Cervantes Garcia, 34, of Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Douglas County District Court to one count of unlawful sexual relations, a lower level felony. The plea agreement reached by Garcia’s appointed attorney and the state does not include specific recommendations for sentencing, prosecutor Mark Simpson said. Garcia is expected to get a sex offender evaluation prior to his sentencing date, Nov. 21.
The son of the founder of Lambert’s Cafe is facing charges of child sex trafficking according to a report in the Springfield News Leader. The Missouri newspaper reports that Benjamin Lambert was indicted this month on several charges including child sex trafficking.
Jesus Cervantes Garcia, 34, hired a 16-year-old to engage in sex or a sex act, by giving or agreeing to give the victim or someone else something of value in exchange, the criminal complaint against Garcia alleges.