UPDATE: Deputy prosecutor Fred Wist tells Lights & Sirens that one of the 15-year-old girls has been charged with prostitution in juvenile court and remanded to custody pending her next court date. The other was released to a relative but could still be charged.
PREVIOUS POST: A Tacoma woman who allegedly allowed two 15-year-old girls to prostitute themselves in the home she shares with her two young sons is in the Pierce County Jail charged with two felonies.
Not guilty pleas were entered Tuesday on behalf of Jacqueline Nicole Carr in Superior Court. She’s charged with two counts of promoting the commercial sexual abuse of a minor.
Carr, 28, is jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.
The case against her began Monday when a Lakewood police detective investigating juvenile prostitution spotted an ad on backpage.com, court records state. The ad featured two young females wearing lingerie and posing provocatively, the records show.
The detective telephoned the number listed on the ad and made arrangements to have sex with the two females for $200 apiece, the documents state.
He and a team of officers then drove to an apartment in Tacoma, where he went inside while the rest of the team set up surveillance.
The detective said he was met at the door by two “very young” females who escorted him upstairs to the master bedroom, the documents state. The females were identified as 15-year-old girls.
The detective later reported “he noticed that there was an adult female in the kitchen cooking” and “two very young boys in the living room watching cartoons,” the records show. The woman later was identified as Carr, the boys as her 6- and 4-year-old sons, the documents state.
Upstairs, the detective gave the girls money when one of them reminded the other that they had to give $20 each to Carr for letting them use the room, the records show.
The detective then signaled his colleagues, who came inside and detained Carr, the two teenagers and three other people who were in a separate bedroom.
Carr at first told the detective she didn’t know what was going on but later admitted she knew he was “a trick” who intended to have sex with one of the girls, the records show. She claimed not to have known about the second teenager.
Carr allegedly said one of the girls had paid her a total of $200 over the past year for use of the room, the court records show.
The detective asked Carr why she would allow juveniles to prostitute themselves in her house, especially with her young sons around.
“She stated because she just couldn’t say no,” the records show.
It could not immediately be determined what charges, if any, the teenagers face or the fate of Carr’s sons.