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An ongoing Tallahassee Police Department investigation into child sex trafficking appears to have begun after a homeless year-old girl was pulled out of a life of exploitation. After the child was recovered, detectives got search warrants for her Facebook and other social media and phone s, which uncovered a multitude of sexually charged conversations she had with suspects in the case, according to newly released court documents.
Over the past week and a half, police arrested at least 15 people on a variety of human trafficking and child sexual battery charges. The allegations date back as far as early More: Ten people, including a City Commission candidate, arrested in Tallahassee on variety of child sex crimes.
Arrest records for five of the defendants, however, refer to a homeless teenager who was recovered from a domestic sex trafficking operation. The girl communicated with the men — frequently in some cases — through social media and an internet phone service called TextNow. In one case, investigators found active Facebook chats between the girl and one of the men. In the conversations, the parties talked about prices for sex and arranged for times and places to meet, according to court records.
In some cases, she sent graphic photos of herself at the request of prospective johns. Girl for sex Tallahassee, which is listed as the arresting agency on court documents, has been particularly quiet about the operation since arrests began July The first wave of arrests was omitted from daily booking reports, though three defendants appeared in the summaries this week. More: More people arrested in Tallahassee child sex, human trafficking investigation.
Marshals Service, according to court documents. Court records indicate the girl was not always homeless and at times lived with her mother. Investigators believe one of the suspects, Jermaine Miller, got to know the victim through his volunteer work at an outreach center that helps at-risk youth.
Police reports don't specify the organization. Miller, who was homeless himself for years, is a write-in candidate for the Tallahassee City Commission.
Police found conversations between him and the girl from March to August Investigators found more than contacts between the girl and another defendant, Michael Wooten, on two of her phones, according to court records. Wooten, a year-old registered sex offender, was arrested July 14 on two counts of lewd and lascivious battery after admitting in a interview that he had sex with her. He was ly convicted in of sexual battery. He was arrested July 14 on four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and three counts of kidnapping. Faulk, 38, also admitted in an interview that he had sex with the girl several times — and set her up with other men.
Kelly Payne, 32, arrested July 13 on lewd and lascivious battery charges, said he got to know the girl through an acquaintance. He said he met her only one time, at her residence. Travis Thomas, 37, who was arrested July 14 on lewd and lascivious behavior charges, told police he visited a website with an advertisement that featured the girl. Three more men were arrested Tuesday on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior and use of a communication device to facilitate the crimes. Never miss a story: Subscribe to the Tallahassee Democrat. Facebook Twitter.
Jeff Burlew Tallahassee Democrat. Show Caption.
Hide Caption. Jermaine Miller appears in court after arrest on lewd behavior with Video. Jermaine Miller appears in court after his arrest Monday on lewd and lascivious behavior with. Miller is a write-in candidate for office.Girl for sex Tallahassee
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