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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FIRSTCOASTNEWS) – A Jacksonville man and woman have pleaded guilty after an investigation into child sex trafficking.

Samuel Christopher Templeman, 46, pleaded guilty to conspiring to sex traffic a child. His wife, Deborah Lynn Templeman, 50, pleaded guilty to possession of child sex abuse images, reported local NBC/ABC affiliate First Coast News.

The couple took plea agreements, which state that Samuel Templeman and the child victim began regularly using heroin and crack cocaine together in 2018, according to a release from the US Attorney’s Office.

During that time, a pimp started directing the child to engage in sexual acts in exchange for drugs, the US Attorney’s Office said.

First Coast News obtained an arrest report in March that noted the victim as a runaway who would post advertisements online for prostitution in order to support the heroin addiction of herself and Samuel Templeman.

In July 2019, the Templemans’ custodial rights over the victim were terminated and they were ordered not to have any contact with the child. The child was then placed in foster care but ran away, said the US Attorney’s Office.

In late August 2019, the couple used a $25,000 inheritance that Samuel had received to entice the child to return to them, officials reported.

The couple had spent the entire inheritance by mid-October 2019, primarily on drugs for Samuel and the child victim. After that, the couple’s only legitimate income was Deborah’s bi-weekly salary. They would spend her paychecks within one to two days of her getting paid.

The money from the victim’s “dates,” a slang term for appointments for sex in exchange for money, would also go toward food, lodging and other living expenses, the arrest report stated, according to First Coast News.

On Dec. 11, 2019, a detective from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office went to Deborah’s work to try and find the child, and while the detective was there, they overheard Samuel on the phone with Deborah saying he was taking the victim to a “date.”

Investigators arrested Samuel and picked up the child victim.

They searched Deborah’s cellphone and found it contained sexually explicit images of the child, the US Attorney’s Office said. She admitted that she knew the images were on her phone.

Samuel faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison, and Deborah faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

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