Get em hooked on class A drugs, and how do they get the money to afford it.
I know that drug gangs often use kids for purposes such as this.
It is a Worldwide epidemic!
Bremen man indicted for promoting prostitution
The Daily Mountain Eagle
Published July 29, 2006 12:52 AM CDT
Three Walker County men jailed on charges stemming from case
A nine-month investigation by the Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse Unit of the Walker County district Attorney’s Office has resulted in the handing down of grand jury indictments and the arrest of four men involved in a prostitution for drugs ring.
Kenneth Drummond, 35, of Bremen, is currently incarcerated in the Walker County Jail on charges stemming from a recent grand jury indictment for promoting the prostitution of a minor under the age of 16 in exhange for drugs. District Attorney’s Office Investigator John Softley said Drummond was arrested earlier this month and remains jailed on a $500,000 property bond.
In the grand jury indictment handed down, Drummond faces 21 counts of promoting prostitution in the first degree. Although the indictment does not accuse Drummond of any sexual contact with the victim, he also faces nine counts each of first-degree rape, second-degree rape and luring a child for sexual purposes due to his alleged intent to commission the acts by others.
Walker County Assistant District Attorney Staci Barnett indicated the investigation was handled by the local office because the crimes were committed within Walker County, as well as the fact the local office has a special Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse Unit that was created several years back by District Attorney Charles Baker.
Three other Walker County residents - William Sherer, of Parrish; Erskin Spearman, of Jasper; and Phillip Johnson, of Sipsey - are currently being held in the Walker County Jail on $500,000 property bonds as a result of related indictments. The three men face charges of first-degree rape, second-degree rape and luring a child for sexual purposes related to the investigation.
“I’ve never had to work a case of this magnitude. It was definitely an unusual case for our area,” Softley said.
According to Softley, the initial report was filed in Sipsey last October and an investigation was initiated by the child abuse unit’s investigator Jim Underwood. Softley took over the investigation in April when Underwood took a leave of absence to campaign for election as county sheriff.
“It was a difficult and lengthy investigation and we certainly appreciate the assistance and support of the Sipsey Police Department and citizens of Sipsey who helped a great deal,” Softley said.
A fourth Walker County resident, who has not yet been apprehended by authorities, faces similar charges to the three arrested Walker County men. Barnett indicated Drummond had “solicited many others outside of those charged and indicted.”
While an arraignment date has not yet been set, the defendants will next be arraigned and the cases will be sent forward for a trial date.
First-degree rape is a Class A felony punishable by a sentence of 10 years to life imprisonment. Second-degree rape and the promotion of prostitution are Class B felonies punishable by a sentence of two to 20 years. The luring of a child for sexual purposes is a Class C felony punishable by a sentence of one to 10 years.
All defendants charged with a crime and indicted by a grand jury remain innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.
Whoever stole the Sun, put it back and we'll drop all the charges!