Couple Sentenced for Sex Trafficking a 15-Year-Old Girl
|U.S. Attorney’s Office January 24, 2014|
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Stephanie Olean Chapman, 28, of Fairfax, Virginia, and Ronnie Pierre Holmes, 30, with no fixed address, were sentenced today to 132 and 168 months in prison, respectively, followed by five years of supervised release, for charges stemming from the prostitution of a 15-year-old girl throughout northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler, Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Liam O’Grady.
Holmes pleaded guilty on June 25, 2013, to a criminal information charging him with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a child. Chapman was convicted by a federal jury on October 17, 2013 of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a child, sex trafficking of a child, and interstate transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution.
According to court documents and evidence adduced at Chapman’s trial, between February 27, 2013 and March 12, 2013, Chapman and her boyfriend, Holmes, met a 15-year-old girl and recruited her to be a prostitute for them. During that time, Chapman and Holmes took sexually suggestive photographs of the girl; sent the photographs to potential customers; posted the photographs on Backpage.com; drove the girl to meet with customers at locations in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia; and took half the money paid to the girl after she engaged in sex with customers for money.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fairfax County Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Stacey Luck and Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Frank prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.