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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Minor
A Louisiana woman pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit sex trafficking of a minor, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney J. Walter Green of the Middle District of Louisiana and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey S. Sallet of the FBI’s New Orleans Division.
Kellie M. Dominique, 37, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Shelly D. Dick of the Middle District of Louisiana. The sentencing hearing will be set at a later date.
In connection with her plea, Dominique admitted that from June 2013 until September 2013, she conspired with others to promote the prostitution of a minor female out of Dominique’s home and other venues. Dominique also admitted that under her direction, the minor female posted on Backpage.com classified advertisements for commercial sex acts in Louisiana and elsewhere. Dominique further admitted that she introduced the minor female to illegal drugs and used such drugs with the minor female. Dominique also admitted that she made false statements to government officials and corruptly influenced potential witnesses.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Louisiana, the FBI’s New Orleans Division – Baton Rouge Resident Agency – Child Exploitation Task Force, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case with assistance from the Baton Rouge Police Department – Narcotics, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and other law enforcement agencies. Trial Attorney Reginald E. Jones of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamie A. Flowers Jr. of the Middle District of Louisiana are prosecuting the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.