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Wichita man charged with sex trafficking allegedly involving 17-year-old

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 6:10 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 8:39 p.m.

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A Wichita man arrested this week and accused of sex trafficking that involved a 17-year-old and a 31-year-old has been formally charged.

Rico J. Brown, 35, faces one count of aggravated human trafficking, according to a complaint filed Thursday in Sedgwick County District Court. The charge involves only the 17-year-old. The alleged crime occurred between Dec. 1 and 14, records show.

In an interview before Brown was charged, Wichita Police Lt. Jeff Weible said officers investigating a report of possible sexual exploitation of a child discovered that the teen and a 31-year-old woman were the subject of online advertisements offering the “sale of sexual relations.”

A police report indicates photos of the victim were posted “on an online website escort service.”

Brown remained in Sedgwick County Jail on Saturday in lieu of $500,000 bond. He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 2.

Brown was also charged with one count of aggravated battery in the same complaint, court records show. That offense involves a different person.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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