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Gang member pleads guilty to leading sex trafficking ring

February 14, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Gang member pleads guilty to leading sex trafficking ring

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An alleged gang member accused of trying to run over two Oklahoma police officers in an attempt to evade arrest pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges in federal court.

A police vice squad unit arrested Joshua Harring, aka ‘Maniack’ in January 2016 during a child prostitution sting operation at a Motel 6 in Tulsa.

Federal prosecutors said that 21-year-old Harring pleaded guilty to charges listed in a six-count indictment, which includes child sex trafficking, obstruction of justice, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, drug trafficking, and conspiracy.

Harring entered his guilty plea in exchange for a 22-year prison sentence.

Federal investigators said Harring and his girlfriend Morgan Palmer headed a child sex trafficking operation that recruited teens to perform acts of prostitution at motels in the Tulsa area.

Harring’s girlfriend Morgan Palmer was later arrested in connection to the sex trafficking ring which began in December 2015

Feds say the sex trafficking operation, which had links to the 52 Red Mob gang in Tulsa, began in December 2015, Fox 25 reported.

Police later arrested Palmer after prosecutors had said she continued the operation from her upscale apartment complex.

Officers working undercover responded to an ad on Backpage.com and encountered a 16-year-old victim at a Motel 6, who led them to Palmer and Harring.

As officers approached Harring in a vehicle, they witnessed a young victim exit his car and enter the motel.

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“Officers approached the vehicle where the child who was brought to the hotel in and they attempted to make contact with the individual in that vehicle. That person accelerated and actually struck one of our officers,” said Ofc. Spokeswoman Jeannie MacKenzie.

Authorities managed to track down Harring 30 minutes later at an apartment complex in South Tulsa, who again attempted to plow into the officers and escaped.

Several hours later, police discovered Harring’s abandoned car after receiving a domestic call at the Lakeside Place apartment complex.

After further searching the area, officers managed to locate and arrest Harring close to where his car was found abandoned,

Federal prosecutors said six people have so far pleaded guilty in the case, most of whom had ties to the 52 Red Mob Gang.

 

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