Police: Four arrested after 14-year-old girl found at motel, a sex trafficking victim
Published 11:18 am Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Four people were arrested last week after an investigation uncovered what appears to be a sex trafficking operation involving a 14-year-old runaway. Police say an acquaintance of the victim and a relative of the victim beat her and forced her to have sex with numerous men over a three-month period.
On March 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a motel on North Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in reference to a possible location of a 14 year old girl who had been reported as a runaway.
When detectives arrived at the motel they located the girl in a room, along with Mariah C. Miller, 24, 216 S. Bowers Street, Iowa.
During the investigation and after interviewing the girl, detectives learned she has been a victim of sex trafficking since January 2019. The victim advised detectives she had been beaten and forced to have sexual intercourse with numerous men.
During further investigation detectives learned Miller, along with an acquaintance of the victim, Kaleb A. Citizen, 21, 4254 5th Avenue, Lake Charles, and Darius P. Landry, 28, Lake Charles, who was the victim’s guardian and family member, were responsible for trafficking the girl.
Detectives were also able to identify one of the men, Antonio D. Tompkins, 25, 1009 Live Oak Street, Lake Charles, with whom she was forced to have sex.
Between June 10 and 13 Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for the arrest of all four suspects. Miller, Citizen, and Tompkins; were all incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on unrelated charges. Miller is charged with human trafficking with a bond of $250,000.
Citizen is charged with human trafficking; 1st degree rape; and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $2 million. Tompkins is charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $250,000. Landry was arrested on June 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes with a bond of $250,000.
The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are likely. Detectives also have reason to believe there may be more juvenile victims, so if anyone has any additional information on this case or these suspects, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.
CPSO Detectives Seth Abshire and Michael G. Miller are the lead investigators on this case.