Police in Irving, Texas, charged a 17-year-old boy with plying a 15-year-old girl with marijuana, alcohol and Xanax and making her have sex with adult men for money and drugs from April 29 to May 2, the Dallas Morning News reported on Tuesday.
Authorities told the newspaper that Travis Lekas faces one count of human trafficking of a minor, one count of compelling prostitution and one count of sexual performance by a child in connection with the crime, as investigators now try to determine whether he was recruiting other high-school and middle-school girls to take part in similar activities. Lekas was transferred to the Dallas County Jail on Tuesday.
But a social worker who allegedly lived with the suspect for a year angrily defended him in an interview with KXAS-TV on Tuesday, saying the victim told her she made up the story.
"Was she forced to sell her body? No. She was already doing it," Jennifer Stephens, who added that she has worked with the girl, told the station. "Her parents know it. That's why they threatened to put her in Juvenile [Hall] and that's why she lied."
Lekas' grandmother, Blanca Cameron, told the News that the girl's allegations were "lies, lies, lies" spurred by an unrequited crush, and that the family was considering legal action against her.
Watch KXAS' report on the charges against Lekas, aired Wednesday, below.
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