Lima women sentenced in federal court for sex trafficking


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@limanews.com



LIMA — Two Lima women will spend time in a federal prison for their roles in the sex trafficking teenage girls.

Megan Hitt, 29, was sentenced to 17.5 years in federal prison for her role in the sex trafficking conspiracy and Jacqueline Young, 54, was sentenced to four years in prison for obstructing the investigation.

In June, three other people from Lima were sentenced to prison for their roles in the case: Randy Thompson, 26, was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison; Shemeric Cook, 30, was sentenced to 12 years in prison; and Precious Russell, 20, was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Hitt, Thompson and the others conspired to cause girls, ages 14 and 16, to engage in commercial sex acts in Lima and Fort Wayne, Indiana. They posted sexually explicit photos of the girls on backpage.com, transported the girls, rented motel rooms for them, and negotiated prices. This took place between November 2015 and January 2016.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alissa M. Sterling and Daniel Hurley following an investigation by the Lima Police Department, the FBI and the Northwest Ohio Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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By Merri Hanjora

mhanjora@limanews.com

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

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