Columbia man pleads guilty to sex trafficking a minor; other charges

1 year 9 months 4 weeks ago Monday, August 06 2018 Aug 6, 2018 Monday, August 06, 2018 4:31:00 PM CDT August 06, 2018 in News
By: Gabriela Gonzalez, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY – A Columbia man pleaded guilty Monday to sex trafficking a minor and illegal sexual activity.

Kenneth Ronald Jones, 26, of Columbia also pleaded guilty to two counts of transportation for illegal sexual activity by coercion and enticement.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in federal prison without parole.

A 17-year-old victim from Wisconsin called her social worker on June 28, 2016 and said she was being held against her will by Jones. 

The victim said she met Jones at a party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She later said she agreed to travel and engage in prostitution.

She said Jones asked her to tell the clients she was 18 years old, even though he knew she was only 17. 

The victim also met a second victim at the same party.

The second victim told officials she agreed to travel to Columbia with Jones believing they were going to sell narcotics.

A third victim decided to go to Columbia after talking to Jones via Facebook. She also believed she was going to help him with a drug business. When she got to Columbia, Jones threatened to kick her out to the streets if she didn't cooperate. 

In all of the cases, Jones would keep almost all the money that each of them made.

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