Three Arrested as Part of Operation Cross Country
|U.S. Attorney’s Office July 30, 2013|
MEMPHIS, TN—Trenton Mitchell, 23; Rodney Armstrong, 22; and Charlisa Wright, 18; have been charged in a criminal complaint with child prostitution, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III.
Operation Cross Country was a nationwide law enforcement sweep led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation targeting child sex trafficking. According to the complaint filed in the Western District of Tennessee, the operation involved infiltrating ads listed on backpage.com in the Memphis metropolitan area. The operation resulted in the recovery of a 14-year-old runaway who had been missing since June 20, 2013, who was subjected to prostitution and physical abuse at the hands of the accused.
All three defendants are in custody and awaiting an initial appearance. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Ireland is representing the government.
The charges and allegations contained in this complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.