Kansas woman convicted of sex trafficking with 16 year old victim | USAO-NDOK
A Kansas woman was convicted in federal court Monday for partnering with two others in a sex trafficking ring that prostitutes a 16-year-old girl in Tulsa, US Attorney Clint Johnson said.
Senior District Judge John F. Heil III sentenced Rontaysha Leann Cox, 28, of Wichita, Kansas, to 15 years federal prison followed by a life supervised release.
On March 19, 2021, Cox pleaded guilty to sex crimes against children. Cox admitted that she and two others named in the indictment were engaged in commercial sex trafficking and recruited, seduced, housed, transported and cared for a 16-year-old victim and made the minors available for sex for profit. In her written statement, Cox said she assisted and directed the victim to take sexually explicit photos of himself and helped the victim post ads on websites promoting prostitution and arranging commercial sexual acts.
“It is shameful, inexcusable and criminal to attack and exploit minors for commercial sex trafficking,” said acting US attorney Clint Johnson. “Every child deserves the full protection of the law. The US Attorney General and our law enforcement partners will hold anyone involved in child sex trafficking, whether as a human trafficker or as a customer. “
Previously, co-defendant Dominque Laron Morgan, 26, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm to promote a drug trafficking crime and coercing of a minor to sexual activity, and was later sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by 25 years under custody release.
Tulsa co-defendant Treveon Marquise Cato, 23, also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm to encourage drug trafficking and was later sentenced to five years in prison followed by five years supervised release.
On April 17, 2020, officials from the Human Trafficking Vice Unit of the Tulsa Police Department discovered advertisements for the teenager promoting prostitution and soliciting sexual acts for money on a website. An officer acting as a suitor contacted the victim at the phone number provided and arranged to meet on April 20. During the appointment, the officer disclosed his identity and the child victim was placed in protective custody.
Officials learned that Rontaysha Cox had rented the room and that Cox and two other men left the hotel room in a silver limousine shortly before the scheduled appointment. Cox, Cato and Morgan were later stopped and ordered from the limo. A semi-automatic pistol was visible from the outside, wedged between the driver’s seat and the center console. The officers then arrested the three of them, and when the vehicle and occupants were searched, the officers found marijuana, telephones and the gun.
An analysis of the phones revealed conversations between Cox, Morgan, and the victim involving prostitution, as well as photos of the victim depicting child pornography. Conversations were also found between Morgan and the victim in which she told him she was 16 years old.
The investigation by the Tulsa Police Department, Immigration and Customs Services, and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau was conducting the investigation. Assistant US attorneys Edward Snow and Christopher J. Nassar are pursuing the case.