10/17/2016 - OKC, OK -- Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater once again proves he's unwilling to stand up to pimps and human traffickers with a recent plea deal that put an accused felon human sex trafficker back on the streets with only probation.
Back in May JohnTV reported on the arrest of 24-year-old Katelyn Nichole Powers of Oklahoma City.
Powers was arrested on May 18th by members of the Oklahoma City Vice Unit after she was found to be pimping out a teenage girl located on Backpage.com.
According to court records, undercover officers responded to a Backpage.com ad they suspected was a front for prostitution.
Undercover officers were directed to room #214 at the Oaktree Inn & Suites on S. Meridian Ave. in south Oklahoma City.
The undercover officer who entered the room was met by a 17-year old female who agreed to exchange sexual intercourse for $180 and a small pizza.
During the teen's arrest it was revealed that she was working directly with Powers.
Powers was shortly thereafter found acting as a lookout nearby.
Powers was arrested at the scene and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on a criminal complaint of felony human trafficking - (Title 21 Ch25 Sect748) ...anyone who recruits, entices, harbors, maintains, transports, provides, purchases or obtains, by any means, a minor for the purposes of engaging the minor in a commercial sex act, or, benefits financially, or receives anything of from participating in a venture that has engaged in an act of trafficking for commercial sex is guilty, upon conviction, of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a term of not less than fifteen (15) years or for life.
Despite clear evidence that Powers was in violation of Oklahoma's human sex trafficking laws and despite the fact that Powers herself is a known prostitute with a violent felony record, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater approved a lesser charge of pandering on May 27 of this year. This, even though in the meantime, Powers also racked up a felony forgery case.
Just over two months later, Powers took a sweetheart of a plea deal when DA Prater offered her a suspended sentence (probation, no jail) for both the pimping of a teenager and the separate forgery case.
This hug-a-thug mentality should come as no surprise. Back in June of last year, DA Prater told Adam Kemp with the Oklahoman that he tries to be 'more lenient' with 'younger' pimps and human sex traffickers.
And guess what? When JohnTV checked on Power's case (just before posting this article), she has new arrest warrants for violating the terms of her pandering and forgery probation.
JohnTV will continue to follow this case.