A Virginia man and woman will be spending 11-years and 14-years in federal prison, respectively, for convictions stemming from criminal charges that they prostituted a teenager within the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, according to a judge's pronouncement on Friday.
Stephanie Olean Chapman, whose last known address was in Alexandria, Va., and Ronnie Pierre Holmes, no known address, were sentenced Friday to federal prison followed by five years of supervised release by United States District Judge Liam O’Grady.
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Chapman was convicted by a federal jury on Oct. 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 presented during Chapman’s trial, between Feb. 27, 2013 and Mar. 12, 2013, Chapman and her boyfriend, Holmes, met a 15-year-old girl and talked her into working as a prostitute for them.
During that time, the trial revealed, Chapman and Holmes took sexually suggestive photographs of the girl and distributed the photographs among potential customers. They also posted the photographs on the Internet website Backpage.com.
The two felons would then drive the young girl to meet with customers and have sex with them at locations in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Chapman and Holmes would then take half of the money paid to the girl after she engaged in sex with customers for money, according to reports.
"The sexual exploitation of children in this country should be looked at as a heinous crime since the physical and psychological damage are often irreversible," said former sex crimes detective, Charlotte Ann Gibson.