Man found guilty of sex trafficking 2 teen runaways from Dayton group home

May 2—A federal jury convicted a (*2*) man of sex trafficking and sexually exploiting two teenagers who reportedly had run away from a Dayton group home.

Kelly “Scorpio” Richards, 43, was additionally found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm, based on the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Ohio.

On Feb. 28, 2023, the 2 teenagers had plans to smoke marijuana with Richards, based on federal courtroom data. When he pickd them up, he drove them to a (*2*) condominium have been he reportedly gave them cocaine and sexually assaulted them.

Richards additionally satisfied the kids to have sex with different males for cash, which was paid to Richards, based on the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He allegedly created on-line prostitution commercials that included express images of the women and was bodily abusive to them.

“Court documents detail that one victim was prostituted up to four times per day in hotels and homes,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated.

Richards was arrested on May 16, 2023.

Sexually exploiting youngsters carries a sentence of 15 to 30 years and sex trafficking minors has a sentence of 10 12 months to life in jail. Richards is going through as much as 15 years in jail for the unlawful possession of a firearm conviction.

A date has not been set for his sentencing.

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