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Case #182, 183 - Illinois man faces teen prostitution charge

St. Louis , MO|Sex-Trafficking Minors|Add Comment
By: ROBERT PATRICK, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

An Illinois man faces a federal charge after being accused of trying to prostitute two minors online.

Reginald Williams, 28, was arrested last week after St. Louis County police caught him in a sting, according to charging documents filed Monday.

Collinsville police originally received a tip Sept. 12 that Williams was prostituting a 16-year-old missing girl on the website Backpage.com, as well as another girl who turned out to be 17, according to an affidavit filed in court by FBI Special Agent Nikki Badolato.

On the site, the 16-year-old is billed as being 20.

An undercover St. Louis County police detective then set up a “date” with Williams at a local hotel on Sept. 13, where police arrested Williams and found the girls, Badolato wrote.

The 16-year-old said that she had sex with Williams, and that he'd taken her to St. Louis and Chicago for sex work, documents claim.

Williams told investigators that he was simply working security for the girls, but allowed them to use his laptop to post the ads and his credit card to pay for them, Badolato wrote. He did admit knowing that the younger girl was a juvenile, she wrote.

Williams was charged by complaint Friday with interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in prostitution. A lawyer for Williams was not immediately available.

He told court staff that he is unemployed, with no assets.

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