NEW ORLEANS, La. (KLFY) – A woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to bring a 13-year-old to Louisiana to engage in commercial sexual acts.
Chelse Gee, 19, of Houston, Tx., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a child under the age of 14 US Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Louisiana.
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US prosecutors said the charges stemmed from Gee’s role in recruiting and transferring a 13-year-old woman from Houston to New Orleans in June 2021 to engage in commercial sex acts.
Gee met her co-conspirator Randi Lewis when she was 16 years old. The US Attorney’s Office said that Gee was recruited to take part in commercial sex activities under his direction, and she complied.
US prosecutors said Lewis and Gee later met the victim, who was 13, no later than June 21, 2021. Gee then recruited the victim to perform commercial sex acts under Lewis’ direction and introduced the victim to Lewis.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office also said that Lewis and Gee provided the victim with instructions and guidance regarding how to successfully perform commercial sexual acts, including conduct, dress, and how to identify and avoid prosecution.
The victim agreed, and Lewis then arranged for the three to travel to New Orleans to engage his gee and the victim in commercial sex acts.
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Between June 22, 2021 and June 24, 2021, Gee and the victim performed several commercial sex acts in the New Orleans area. US prosecutors also said that Lewis required the victim to turn over most, if not all, of the money she earned to him.
According to U.S. Attorneys, Gee and Lewis also gave the victim illegal and mood-altering drugs to numb her senses and encourage her to engage in commercial sexual activity. The victim was later found at a hotel in Terrytown on June 24, 2021.
Gee faces a maximum of five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release. She may also have to register as a sex offender and pay reparations to the victim.
Her sentencing is scheduled for June 14.