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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 14:16

Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of Teens

Arsenio Rhodes Arsenio Rhodes
MEMPHIS – A Hickory Hill man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sex trafficking two minor teenage girls he brought to Memphis from Lexington, Tenn., Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Tuesday.
    Defendant Arsenio Rhodes, 26, entered his pleas Monday in Criminal Court where he was scheduled to be tried this week.
     Investigators said the two victims, ages 15 and 17, were in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children Services in Lexington when Rhodes picked them up in February of 2014 and brought them to a Memphis motel.
     He then threatened and beat the girls and posted notices online advertising them for commercial sex acts.
      In addition to his prison sentence, Rhodes will be placed on the Sex Offender Registry.
      The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Jessica Shurson who is with the DA’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
      SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.