NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - ?
Nacogdoches Police officers arrested a man and a woman on felony child sex and prostitution charges after a 14-year-old runaway told authorities that she had numerous sexual relations with men and was paid for the sex at times.
The woman is accused of facilitating one of the paid sexual encounters, according to a press release.
Stanley Warren Turner, 61, and Marashia Lasha Robinson, 24, both of Nacogdoches, are still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail. Turner was charged with solicitation of a prostitute under the age of 14 and sexual assault of a child, which are both second-degree felonies. Robinson was charged with promotion of prostitution of a child under the age of 18
Turner's collective bail was set at $60,000, and Robinson's bail was set at $10,000 when they appeared in Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Dorothy Tigner's courtroom Wednesday.
According to the press release, said that the arrests stemmed from an investigation that has been ongoing since August.
An arrest affidavit stated that a Nacogdoches Police officer responded to Lufkin Memorial Hospital on Aug. 25 in response to a juvenile sexual assault victim. The officer learned that the 14-year-year-old girl had been reported as a runaway in Lufkin earlier that month and had been found in Nacogdoches.
The 14-year-old girl allegedly told the officer that she had sex with more than one adult male while she was staying in Nacogdoches. The girl added that she had been paid for some of the sexual encounters the affidavit stated.
When the girl talked to a forensic investigator at Harold's House, she said that one of the men she had sex with was an older white man that was known to her as "Stan." She also said that she had been told that he was a pharmacist.
An employee at Omnicare Nacogdoches, a pharmaceutical care facility on South Street, confirmed that Turner was employed as a manager there.
In addition, the victim told the interviewer that while she was staying in Nacogdoches, she met a woman she knew as "Shay," who told her that she could set up a paid sexual encounter with a man, the affidavit said. "Shay" then set up the sexual encounter at her apartment on Pearl Street.
After the alleged sexual encounter, "Stan" took the victim and another juvenile to a Nacogdoches business to buy items with the money the victim had received from "Stan," the affidavit stated.
After they investigated further Nacogdoches Police detectives identified the man the girl knew as "Stan" as Stanley Turner. When Turner was brought in for questioning he admitted to meeting the victim in a back room of the apartment and making a money transaction with her before taking her and another juvenile to a store, according to the affidavit. However, he allegedly denied having a sexual encounter with the 14-year-old girl.
Robinson was brought in for questioning as well. During the interview with NPD detectives, she allegedly admitted to setting up a paid sexual encounter between Turner and the 14-year-old girl. She told police that she went outside during the actual act, and claimed that she was unaware that the girl was a juvenile, the affidavit stated.
Lisa King, a child advocate, said manipulation is a big factor in child prostitution.
"There's a technique called 'grooming' where they'll take the girl shopping and do things like that for them," King said. "Let them know how pretty are. Buy them cell phones."
King said she didn't believe the suspects' versions of what happened. She said young girls often turn to prostitution because of drug addiction and low self-esteem issues.
"These girls just don't feel like they get the attention at home, and finally, here is an adult giving them attention," King said. "Whether it's positive or negative, it's something they need."
The case is still open. Sources told the East Texas News that more young girls may definitely be involved in the alleged prostitution scheme.