1/17/2014 – Oklahoma — A man and woman with ties to Oklahoma City and Tulsa have both pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from their participation in child sex trafficking in Oklahoma.
JohnTV has previously reported on the criminal activities of Ronald E. Spivey, 47, and ‘Kim’, 25.
Spivey first dropped onto JohnTV’s radar back in Aug. of 2012 when he was one of 48 individuals arrested in a three-day prostitution sting in Oklahoma City. In that arrest it was alleged that Spivey, aka ‘Big Daddy,’ transported an individual for the purpose of prostitution. In April of last year Spivey pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to pay a $2,000 fine, $300 VCA, court costs and complete alcohol and drug assessment. According to court records his punishment was limited to a ‘fine only’ – meaning no probationary period and no obligation to find gainful employment. This, despite Spivey’s known history as a violent pimp, human trafficker and a felony record dating back to 1998. This is further proof Oklahoma County prosecutors do not take pimping, prostitution and human trafficking serious enough to actually positively impact the problem.
Within six-months a new warrant was issued for Spivey’s arrest for failure to pay his fines and court costs.
JohnTV next reported on Spivey and ‘Kim’ in Sept. of last year after they were named in a federal grand jury indictment stemming from an arrest in Tulsa.
According to court and police records, the duo contacted what they thought was a 17-year old advertising herself as a prostitute on Backpage.com and suggested that she go with them to Vegas or Florida ‘to work.’ In reality, the online ad was placed by undercover officer with Tulsa’s Vice Unit.
Eventually Spivey and ‘Kim’ met up with the faux-hoe at a Tulsa area McDonald’s in an effort to convince her to travel to Dallas with them.
‘Kim’ reportedly told the undercover officer that she was “recruiting girls to prostitute.”
Spivey and ‘Kim’ were then arrested and shortly thereafter charged in Tulsa County with felony attempted human trafficking.
Those charges were dropped in Oct. of last year so that the pair could be prosecuted in federal court as a result of the Sept. federal indictment.
With the federal indictment came additional public documents that provided more details, not only to the crimes alleged against both Spivey and ‘Kim’, but also to background information on ‘Kim’ that led JohnTV to question whether or not ‘Kim’ should be treated as a predator or a victim.
Almost immediately ‘Kim’ pleaded guilty to federal charges of racketeering and interstate trafficking. In her plea agreement ‘Kim’ admitted to using telephone and Internet services to facilitate a prostitution business. Specifically, ‘Kim’ stated she placed prostitution related ads online in July of 2013 and that she used her cellular phone to communicate and attempt to recruit girls to work as prostitutes.
Spivey pleaded guilty this week to federal charges of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor [to engage in prostitution]. Spivey was originally charged federal with attempted coercion and enticement of a minor x2, attempted sex trafficking of children x2, and interstate trafficking and racketeering x2.
‘Kim’s’ sentencing is set for Jan. 30, where she faces up to five-years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Spivey’s formal sentencing has been set for April 17, where he faces a minimum sentence of 10-years and a maximum sentence of life behind bars and a fine of $250,000.
It is important to note that ‘Kim’ was pursued as a criminal defendant and now faces up to five years in prison despite the fact that federal prosecutors acknowledged in ‘Kim’ plea agreement that Spivey was her pimp and that he “used violence and coercion” to manage her (see graphic below, click for larger version). That acknowledgment alone qualifies ‘Kim’ as a human sex trafficking victim.
Additionally, federal prosecutors agreed that they would not object to Spivey receiving the minimum sentence allowed by law and would not seek an upward variance (a longer period of imprisonment).
JohnTV will continue to follow this case to its conclusion.