Category: Missouri

Columbia police arrest 7 in child exploitation, human trafficking sting

COLUMBIA, Miss. (WDAM) – The Columbia Police Department arrested seven people and are investigating others after a weekend child exploitation and human trafficking operation.
Operation Dollhouse was conducted Friday by the CPD’s Major Crimes Division and Crime Suppression Team after weeks of preparation and partnerships with multiple non-government organizations that provided logistics, victim services, a state-of-the-art command center, surveillance, subject matter experts and evidence retrieval.

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Chesterfield sex offender accused of paying St. Louis County high school athlete $200 for sex

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.

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Couple indicted on human trafficking charges related to Bertram residential facility

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.

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KC man accused of hiring teen for sex act in Douglas County pleads guilty to lesser charge

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.

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