James Sexton (left) and Kelly Holt
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) – A 27-year-old Wichita man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for trafficking an underage girl.
The DA’s office said District Judge David Kaufman sentenced James Sexton to 144 months on Friday. He was convicted in February of commercial sexual exploitation of a child.
On August 23, 2018, members of the Exploited and Missing Child Unit were on a special assignment targeting online escort ads in an attempt to recover juvenile victims of sex trafficking. An undercover officer called a number on one of the ads and set up a meeting at a hotel near 29th Street North and Maize Road.
Police saw a 22-year-old woman and 15-year-old girl, who was a runaway from another county, walk into the hotel. After money was exchanged, detectives arrested Sexton who drove them to the hotel.
The 22-year-old woman, Kelly Holt, was convicted of aggravated endangerment of a child and unlawful use of a communication facility. She is awaiting sentencing.