Tevon Harris aka “Da Kidd” and “King Kidd,” 22, of Houston, will be spending the next 40 years in prison as a result of his convictions on two counts of trafficking children under 18 for commercial sex, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Harris pleaded guilty April 9, 2014.
Today, U.S. District Judge David Hittner, who accepted the guilty plea, sentenced Harris to a total of 480 months in federal prison. He was further ordered to spend the rest of his life on supervised release and must register as a sex offender.
According to the plea agreement, from January through July 2012, Harris forced young girls, who he knew were minors, into prostitution by using force and intimidation. Harris stipulated that in order to gain the trust of victims, whom he met on social networking sites, he would tell them he was going to help them become models. Instead, he picked them up, took them to motel rooms and then forced them to have sex with him. Harris would also deprive them of their cell phones, thereby cutting off their communication with the outside world.
Harris used violence to keep the minors cooperating with him. In one instance, he deprived a victim of food for more than four days because he did not believe she was servicing his clients well enough. He also supplied her with marijuana and alcohol. Another victim was beaten with a towel rack torn from a motel room wall when Harris found her using the phone to call her mother for help.
The victims were photographed and their images were posted in online ads for prostitution. Harris kept all monies they earned.
Harris will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
An investigation by the Houston FBI Innocence Lost Task Force, which includes such agencies as the Houston Police Department, developed this case using statements from victims as well as on line advertisements for the victims’ services and hotel records from several hotels.