Kansas man sentenced to prison for trafficking runaway girl

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old runaway girl, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Sedgwick County District Judge David Kaufman sentenced James Sexton, 27, on Friday. He was convicted in February of commercial sexual exploitation of a child.

The case stems from a special assignment in 2018 by members of the Exploited and Missing Child Unit in Wichita who were targeting online escort ads in an effort to recover juvenile victims of sex trafficking, the Sedgwick County district attorney’s office said in a news release.

An undercover officer called the phone number on one of the ads and set up a meeting at a Wichita hotel. Police saw two females, one 22 years old and the other 15 walk into the hotel. Sexton drove them to the location and was arrested after an exchange of money.

The woman, Kelly Holt of Wichita, was convicted of aggravated endangerment of a child and unlawful use of a communication facility. She is awaiting sentencing.