Kansas City Man and Lee’s Summit Woman Indicted for Transporting a Minor to Kansas for Prostitution
KANSAS CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Missouri man and a Lee’s Summit, Missouri woman have been indicted by a federal grand jury for transporting a minor across states lines for prostitution.
Milton Charles Wilson, also known as “Barbwire,” 58, of Kansas City, and Kayla Pinkerton, also known as “Foxy,” 18, of Lee’s Summit, were charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon the arrests and initial court appearances of Wilson and Pinkerton. Wilson and Pinkerton remain in federal custody without bail pending a detention hearing on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
The federal indictment alleges that Wilson and Pinkerton transported a child victim across state lines to engage in prostitution in Kansas in December 2013.
According to court documents, Wilson advertised the child victim for prostitution on Backpage.com and paid for an area hotel room. Wilson transported the child victim from a Missouri residence, the government alleges in a detention motion, to a Kansas City hotel and at least two locations in Overland Park, Kansas, where the child victim engaged in prostitution activity for money. Wilson allegedly waited in his car while the child victim engaged in these prostitution acts.
Wilson is also charged with being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of several firearms. Wilson allegedly possessed a Cobra .380-caliber pistol, a Glock .40-caliber pistol, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, and a Ruger .243-caliber rifle on February 13, 2013.
The government filed a motion for Wilson to be detained in federal custody without bail. The government’s detention motion notes that the crime of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole and a maximum penalty of life in federal prison without parole. For that and other reasons cited in the detention motion, the government believes that Wilson poses a flight risk and a danger to the community.
Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Daly. It was investigated by the FBI, the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.