N.C. man pleads guilty to bringing 13-year-old to Henrico for prostitution
A Charlotte, N.C., man pleaded guilty this afternoon to transporting a 13-year-old girl across state lines to the Richmond area for purposes of prostitution.
Korey Jermaine Reynolds, 25, who attempted to flee after he was handcuffed in a Henrico County hotel room on May 16, was found guilty by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson and faces a prison term of 10 years to life when sentenced Oct.2.
The girl told investigators that she made between $1,200 and $1,500 a week as a prostitute and had seen roughly 15 clients while in the Richmond area in May.
According to an FBI affidavit, Reynolds brought her to Virginia from North Carolina on May 11. On May 16, managers at a Henrico hotel notified police they suspected prostitutes were operating in one of their rooms.
The manager said there were several females staying in the room, which was registered to one of them who gave a telephone number that was the same as listed in an escort advertisement in www.backpage.com, the affidavit said.
As Henrico police watched from the hotel lobby, a man later identified as Reynolds entered and went upstairs. A short time later when police knocked on the door to the room where the females were staying, Reynolds answered.
He was asked to step out of the room so Henrico detectives could speak with him. Police found three females inside the room, two adults and the girl who was later determined to be missing from Miami, Fla.
In an interview with Henrico police and the FBI, Reynolds said he had homes in both states, that he knew the three females were prostitutes and that he had sex with one of the adults in exchange for money in Charlotte, N.C.
He denied he was a pimp, that he knew the juvenile was underage or that he ever had sex with her.
The affidavit said the girl told investigators that she worked with the other women as prostitutes in Charlotte and Richmond. She said they pooled their earnings and every couple of days Reynolds came by their room to collect the money.
She said she had sexual relations with Reynolds and that she had misled him about her age. However, she said he made comments indicating he knew she was a juvenile.
Police were counting $1,100 in cash taken from Reynolds as he escaped from his handcuffs and attempted to flee the hotel room. He pushed an FBI special agent, who injured his knee. Reynolds was quickly captured.