Two women accused of prostituting a teenager must remain in custody while awaiting trial in federal court, a magistrate judge ruled Monday.
Allison Barnes and Shelica J. Daniels – as well as William W. Hart and Heather L. Hedrick – were added as co-defendants when federal prosecutors re-indicted Charles H. Castillo last week.
Castillo was arrested Aug. 26 after arranging a “date” between an undercover officer and a 16-year-old girl at his apartment in Augusta.
The girl came to the attention of federal agents after they received a tip from the Nation Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Special Agent Charles McKee testified Monday. The teen was featured in an ad for adult services on an online classified Web site.
Castillo and his girlfriend Hedrick were at the apartment with the girl when agents arrived. McKee testified they also learned that the teen had been prostituted first by Daniels and then by Barnes and Hart, McKee testified.
The crime of child sex trafficking is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.