An Irving Nimitz High School student is accused of human trafficking a classmate and recruiting other children from the school and a nearby middle school, an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram late Tuesday states.From April 29 to May 2, the 17-year-old student forced a 15-year-old classmate into prostitution at his Irving home while he kept her under the influence of drugs and alcohol, an investigator said in the affidavit.Irving police identified the suspect as Travis Lekas.Investigators started the investigation on May 3 when the 15-year-old girl made an outcry after she managed to escape.She told investigators that Lekas took her to his home where he gave her marijuana, Alprazolam or Xanax and alcohol and forced her into prostitution, the affidavit states.The 15-year-old was forced to have sex in exchange for money and drugs, the affidavit states.During the time she was at the house, Lekas attempted to recruit other children from Nimitz High School and Bowie Middle School to commit acts of prostitution, the affidavit states.Police are attempting to identify those girls to determine if there are any other victims.Lekas was arrested at his home Monday and remained in the Irving Jail on Wednesday with bail set at $175,000.He faces charges of human trafficking of a person younger than 18-years-old, compelling prostitution and sexual performance by a child. Irving school officials said they are cooperating with police in the investigation."We are treating this matter very seriously," said Dr. Dana T. Bedden, Irving superintendent in a news release. "We will provide counseling and other support to any student who may be affected by this investigation. We will also keep our parents informed of the situation as more details are presented."Bedden said the district also would take appropriate disciplinary action with regard to the student in question.
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