Man who forced teen into interstate prostitution deal

DETROIT — A California man who lured a Detroit teen from home last year, made her perform sex acts near the Detroit Jazz Festival and then forced her into interstate prostitution accepted a plea deal this month, federal court documents revealed.

Kevin Brian Keys, also known as Stac A Dollar, accepted a plea deal Aug. 10. He was to appear in court last week but the status conference was rescheduled for November, the same month he’s set to be sentenced.

He was initially charged with sex trafficking of a minor, transportation of a minor to engage in prostitution, production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. He agreed to plead guilty to count two of the indictment, which was transporting a minor to engage in prostitution.

The government is recommending a sentence of 24 to 30 years in prison. Keys’ attorney, Michael McCarthy, is asking that his sentence range between 21 and 27 years.

McCarthy could not be reached for comment.

The court is not bound by either recommendation, according to the plea deal, but a sentence of at least 10 years must be given.

According to the federal complaint filed by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Ted Wolters, Keys lured the girl, who was 16 at the time, from her home and forced her into prostitution. She disappeared Aug. 14, 2014. Detroit police issued a missing-person alert for the girl. The complaint identifies her only as Minor Victim One or MV-1.

The 18-page federal complaint states that Keys initially did not know the girl’s real age or name until he saw a TV news report about her missing. But even when he discovered her age, he moved forward with his plan to force her into prostitution.

The girl told police that she went to the Detroit Jazz Festival last August with Keys and stayed in a tent with him. It’s not clear how they met.

Keys told the girl he wanted to return to California via Minnesota and asked her to go with him, according to the complaint.

“Stac A Dollar knew that MV-1 (the girl) was 16 and he told her that they could make a lot of money if she performed commercial sex dates as he had done this before with a girl in California,” Wolters wrote in the complaint. “Stac A Dollar told MV-1 that they needed to make their way to Minnesota and move state to state, eventually making their way to California while keeping her hidden until she turned 18.”

While she was missing, she stayed with several people, including Keys and his cousin, whom he made the girl perform a sex act on.

“MV-1 overheard Stac A Dollar call his cousin and said that he has got a girl who is selling and asked if he wanted to come over,” Wolters wrote.

Keys and his cousin were living with an unidentified woman, who found out that the girl was missing and immediately kicked them out. That’s when Keys asked the girl to come to the Jazz Fest around Aug. 29 and stay in a tent with him.

“At the Jazz Fest, Stac A Dollar told MV-1 that she needed to make some money in order for them to leave Michigan, meaning prostitute herself out,” Wolters wrote.

Keys then forced the girl to perform sex acts and meet several johns near the Jazz Fest and in the tent that he arranged for them to stay in.  He took the money she received to buy Mega Bus tickets for both of them to get to Minnesota.

“When they arrived in Minnesota, MV-1 stated that Stac A Dollar didn’t want people to recognize her and for her to look nice to get more ‘johns,’ so he got her a wig and had her nails done,” Wolters wrote.

Keys told her that he was going to create a profile of her on an iPhone app so that she could make more money by prostituting. He posted several naked photos of the girl and images of various sex acts.

Police later received a federal search warrant for his Facebook page and discovered  numerous conversations between Keys and other Facebook users who stated in graphic detail that they were interested in having sex with the girl.

Keys sent photos depicting the girl performing different sexual acts to men to some of the site’s users. In some of the conversations, Keys lied and said the girl was 19.

On Aug. 30, the girl attempted to call her mother from a phone that authorities traced back to Keys. Authorities discovered he had a profile,”mrinurtown4danight,” on the social networking website Mocospace. According to the complaint, Keys has had run ins with the law before and has had multiple arrests and convictions in California, Nevada and in Michigan’s Midland County. Keys was also a documented member of the Crip street gang.

The girl was reunited with her mother Sept. 7 in Minnesota after she fell ill and was being treated at a hospital. The staff discovered her true identity and contacted police.

By accepting the plea deal and pleading guilty to the count, Keys will be required to register as a sex offender. The investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations initiative to protect children from sexual predators.

Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 12,000 people for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children.

In the 2014 fiscal year, more than 2,300 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under the initiative and more than 1,000 victims were identified or rescued.

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