Fort Worth man gets 20 years for selling a 14-year-old as sex slave

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A Fort Worth man who recruited and sold a 14-year-old over the Internet as a sex slave pleaded guilty in a Denton court on Friday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

William Bernard Jacobs, 30, of Fort Worth, told authorities he recruited the teen online and then sold her using a website well known for advertising sexually oriented businesses.

Jacobs pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a child and trafficking of a person under 18, said Jamie Beck, a spokeswoman for the Denton County district attorney’s office.

Jacobs’ co-defendant, Shayla Williams, 20, was in the Denton County jail on Wednesday. She is also charged with sexual assault of a child and trafficking of a person under 18. Her bail was set at $150,000 on each offense.

Beck said Jacobs and Williams used the Internet to connect with the teen, who told them she was 19 and that she was tired of living at home with her mother. Williams offered the teen an opportunity to live with her, Beck said.

After moving in with the couple, the teen had sexual contact with both Jacobs and Williams, Beck said. According to the arrest warrant affidavit for Jacobs, both Jacobs and Williams knew she was 14. Several photographs were taken and placed on the Internet in an effort to solicit men to have sex with the girl, the affidavit says.

Jacobs and Williams took the teen to Louisiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, Florida and Colorado to have sex with men for money. Jacobs kept the money that was paid for the girl, the affidavit states.

Lewisville police found the teen inside the Extended Stay Hotel in the 1900 block of Lake Point Drive in Lewisville on July 30, 2012, the affidavit says.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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