PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – A Pike County property owner who pleaded guilty to five counts of sex trafficking of minors in 2019 was sentenced to 13 years in prison, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Ernest Ray admitted to recruiting girls under the age of 18 for sex acts and paid them with alcohol, money and drugs between 2010 and 2016.
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Ray admitted to driving minors to engage in the acts, which took place at a property he owned in Pikeville.
Ray was also accused of distributing painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, ecstasy and marijuana. The drug distribution charges were dropped as part of his 2019 plea agreement.
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