Teen Prostitutes

Investigators say murder victim lured by sex with teen prostitute


* 17-year-old arrested for soliciting sex to victim before his death
* Investigators say teen prostitute part of murder plot
* Teen charged with prostitution typical of others

(Memphis 11/25/2009) The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is contemplating additional charges against a teenage girl in a murder that took place last week in Northaven. On November 19th investigators arrested 19 year old Jeremy Stevenson for the murder of 48 year old Kerry Collins. Deputies say robbery was the motive for the killing and he was lured to Northaven by the promise of sex with a teenage prostitute.

“In 2008, we saw 29 cases here at juvenile court,” said Mamie Jones, chief probation officer, Shelby Co. Juvenile Court.

The 17 year old investigators say lured that victim to Northaven is now at the Shelby County Juvenile Court. She is just one of a growing number of teenagers being arrested for prostitution.

“Typically they’re females, transients, runaways. That’s the type of cases we see,” said Jones.

In 2008 News Channel 3 went along as police rounded up young prostitutes, finding one as young as 14 soliciting an undercover officer. Instead of being in class, she was in front of the school selling sex on the sidewalk. Most juveniles arrested for prostitution get treatment instead of jail time.

“They’re handled non-judiciously which means they do not go to court and we try to refer those kids out for services, some sort of treatment, counseling. Things of that nature,” said Jones.

News Channel 3 has learned the girl arrested for prostitution in Northaven fits the common mold. She is a runaway. Deputies say she negotiated her price by phone with the victim before his death.

The 17-year-old girl in this case will have to stay locked up until it’s decided if she’ll be tried as an adult on much stiffer charges of robbery and murder. She’s due back in court December 19th.


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