AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who forced a 14-year-old girl into prostitution in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio has been sentenced to 40 years in prison, Thursday.
Kedrick Nelms, 28, was found guilty of trafficking and compelling the prostitution of a minor on June 20.
Officials say Nelms used a social media app called Tagged to lure his underage victim into a relationship, introduced her to his girlfriend, Kirsten Violette, who then conspired with Nelms to traffick the girl for prostitution in June 2016.
The jury took one hour to return guilty verdicts on both charges against Nelms. Violette pleaded guilty this week to trafficking of persons and faces a punishment hearing in August.
The sentencing was a result of a joint effort involving the Travis County District Attorney’s office, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Public Safety.
DPS conducted the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Nelms, the AG’s office said.
“As a result of this successful, first-of-its-kind partnership between my office, the Travis County District Attorney’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety, a dangerous and despicable human trafficker has been brought to justice,” Attorney General Paxton said.
Attorney General Ken Paxton released a training video on how to teach Texans to spot and report suspected human trafficking activity. You can watch the video at TexasAttorneyGeneral.gov.