A Wichita man who pimped out a teenage girl through online advertisements has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
Johnell Carter, 23, of Wichita, was sentenced to prison on Monday after previously pleading guilty to two counts of sex trafficking, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release. After the guilty plea, prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to recommend a prison sentence of 15-25 years.
“In his plea, he admitted he used physical force including punching and biting to make an 18-year-old woman have sex for money at Wichita hotels,” McAllister said.
Carter also admitted to recruiting a 15-year-old girl “to perform commercial sex acts” at hotels. In both cases, he advertised their services online.
Prosecutors accused Carter of using Backpage ads to set up “dates” for the girl, where he would giver her a condom and tell her to do whatever the man wanted. In at least one case, the girl was paid $100. Carter took $60.
The girl had told law enforcement that she was pimped out by Carter and his girlfriend, Jazmin Manuel, federal prosecutors said in court documents. Manuel was accused of taking the girl to Texas, where she was advertised for sex with men. She has been charged with sex trafficking of a child.
Also in connection to the case, co-defendant Christian L. Dixon, 28, pleaded guilty in November to one count of carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. He admitted in the plea deal to driving prostitutes to meet with customers, obtaining drugs and robbing a customer at gunpoint.
Carter, Dixon and Manuel were allegedly paid by about 50 men who had sex with the girl, prosecutors previously said.
Kansas Department of Corrections records show Johnell E. Carter has previous convictions in Sedgwick County of robbery, aggravated burglary and criminal threat.