Man sentenced on child sex trafficking charges | News
COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- An Atlanta man accused of trafficking teenage girls in prostitution was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday.
According to Cobb County District Attorney Victor Reynolds, 32-year-old Khiry Price pleaded guilty to 16 counts, including three counts of trafficking a person for sexual servitude, one count of child molestation, one count of statutory rape, two counts of pimping a person under age 18, two counts of pimping a person under age 16, two counts of simple battery, three counts of interference with custody and two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes.
Price admitted to enticing three girls, aged 14, 15 and 16, to perform sex acts for men at a motel on Six Flags Drive in Austell in December 2013, Reynolds said.
According to a release from Georgia's Attorney General, Price took two girls from their home. He then allegedly advertised the girls online. Price is accused of assaulting them and having sex with one of them. When one of the girls begged to be allowed to quit, Price allegedly told her he was bringing another girl to work and that she would be allowed to stop when the new girl arrived.
Price is accused of then persuading another girl to come to the hotel by telling her that he wanted to her fix girls' hair. He then allegedly told her that she would have to start working for him and have sex with me.
A worker from the motel recognized one of the girls as someone police were working for and told Price and the girls that they had to leave.
Price was later arrested.
At the court hearing on Wednesday, a letter written by the mother of one of the victims was read.
"Children are not commodities to be bought and sold,” the mother wrote.
Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben Green sentenced Price to 50 years, with 30 years to serve in prison and the rest on probation.
Price had earlier pleaded guilty to similar charges in Fulton County, according to the district attorney.
The case was jointly prosecuted by the Cobb County District Attorney's Office and the Georgia Attorney General's Office.