A member of the Polywood Crips gang who went by the street name “Pooh” waited until a jury was being selected before he pleaded guilty this week to a child sex trafficking conspiracy charge, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Diwone Nobles, who acted as a pimp could get a life sentence and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing for Nobles, 32, is set for March 20.
Nine members of the Polywood Crips, a street gang that operates in Fort Worth’s Polytechnic Heights neighborhood, have pleaded guilty in the case.
Audry “Spud” Lane, 29, Deon “Spanish Fly” Bonner, 26, and Stanley “Pee Wee” Johnson, 24, pleaded guilty earlier in November to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children.
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Chad “Ocho Hood Fame” Johnson, 24, pleaded guilty in November to one count of sex trafficking of children, a conviction for which also carries a maximum penalty of life in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
Alvin “Spank” Lane, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children, and sisters Serrah, 28, and Jessica Arnold, 23, and Katelyn Michelle Ward, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of use of a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise.
Nobles, Bonner, Chad Johnson, Stanley Johnson, Audry Lane, Katelyn Ward and Alvin Lane acted as pimps for the girls, some as young as 16 and 17, and women they trafficked. The suspects kept whatever money was earned from the enterprise and beat the girls as punishment if they did not obey, a news release said.
Some girls who did not obey were gang raped, the release said. Nobles posted numerous videos and photos on Facebook instructing others on how to pimp. Videos also showed him counting money with various sex trafficking victims, the release said.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Homeland Security investigators; and Fort Worth police.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.