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Spokane Woman Sentenced  to 23 Years for Child Sex Trafficking

☷Spokane Woman Sentenced to 23 Years for Child Sex Trafficking

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   Spokane Woman Sentenced to 23 Years for Child Sex Trafficking Spokane – On September 21 , 2022 , U . S . District Judge Thomas O . Rice sentenced Kylie Ruby Flores , 31 , of Spokane , to 23 years in prison for conspiracy to engage in the sex trafficking of a six - year - old girl , whom Flores made available to an adult man for sexual abuse in exchange for housing , cash , and sneakers . Flores will also be on federal supervision for the remainder of her life . Flores conspired with codefendant Trever Harder to engage in the sex trafficking of a six - ye......ar - old girl . After meeting Harder online on the dating application Plenty of Fish , Flores knowingly agreed to trade sexual access to the girl for a place to stay , small amounts of cash , and the promise of new Nike running shoes . According to the Plea Agreements entered by Harder and Flores , the child was able to describe the specific ways that Harder sexually abused her , including acts of sodomy . Law enforcement officers recovered a video that Harder had recorded after he set up a camera on a cat tree in his apartment in Cheney , Washington . The video depicts Harder raping the little girl on the couch in his apartment . Harder has also pleaded guilty and is pending sentencing . “The facts of this case present some of the most egregious sexual abuse of a child one can imagine . Today’s sentence is important , but it is equally important to remember that Flores’s sentence will likely be much shorter than the lifelong impact on the child , ” said Vanessa R . Waldref , United States Attorney for the Eastern District . “No sentence can return the child’s innocence , but our community is now safer and stronger . Most important , the child is now in a safe place . ” The U . S . Attorney emphasized the importance of protecting children . “The little girl in this case was only six years old when her abuse began . Thanks to an effective and cooperative investigation , she is neither missing nor murdered today—but she is not the only child in danger . Today’s sentence sends a clear message to those who seek to sexually abuse children: justice is coming . ”David M . Herzog , the Assistant United States Attorney who prosecuted the case , thanked the agencies responsible for the investigation and the protection of the young victim . “Incredibly dedicated FBI agents worked hand - in - hand with state , local , and tribal law enforcement to secure justice for the victim in this case . I am particularly grateful to Chelsea Sayles , the Quileute Tribal Attorney , and our partners with Quileute Indian Child Welfare , who worked hand - in - hand with the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office to protect this child from further sexual abuse . ”“It is inconceivable as a parent how someone could participate in the victimization of a child under their care . “ said Richard A . Collodi , Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle field Office . “While the sentence in this case is significant and truly justified , it only brings a small measure of justice to the victim . I hope the dedication of FBI agents and our partners to hold predators like Ms . Flores accountable serves as a message to those who would victimize our most vulnerable among us . ”This case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood , a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse . Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division ' s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section , Project Safe Childhood marshals federal , state , and local resources to locate , apprehend , and prosecute individuals , who sexually exploit children , and to identify and rescue victims . The Project Safe Childhood Initiative ( “PSC” ) has five major components:· Integrated federal , state , and local efforts to investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases , and to identify and rescue children;· Participation of PSC partners in coordinated national initiatives;· Increased federal enforcement in child pornography and enticement cases;· Training of federal , state , and local law enforcement agents; and· Community awareness and educational programs . For more information about Project Safe Childhood , please visit www . usdoj . gov/psc . For information about internet safety education , please visit www . usdoj . gov/psc and click on the tab “resources . ”This case was investigated by the FBI’s Spokane Resident Office and the Spokane Police Department , with significant assistance from the Quileute Nation . The case was prosecuted by David M . Herzog , Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington


22 September 2022 ( September 22 2022 )



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