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Fort Worth woman pleads guilty in child sex trafficking case

Shatara Armstrong, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of use of a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise, the U.S. attorney’s office announced.
Shatara Armstrong, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of use of a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise, the U.S. attorney’s office announced.

A Fort Worth woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Dallas federal court to helping run a prostitution ring involving underage girls.

Shatara Armstrong, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of use of a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

Armstrong was one of five people indicted in May on charges of conspiracy to engage in child sex trafficking.

Cases are still pending for Marquist “Keezie” Fulcher, 28; Chapolean “Kidd” Fischer, 28; Marcus Speed, 26; and Tiffany Gideon, 22.

According to court documents, Fulcher began acting as a pimp for several young girls and women in 2014. The victims included a 14-year-old, a 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds.

Armstrong began helping Fulcher in late 2015, renting rooms at hotels for the girls to use for sex, the court documents said. Armstrong also posted advertisements to Backpage.com and collected money from the girls to give to Fulcher, according to the documents.

Fulcher and Armstrong worked with Speed and Fischer, recruiting victims on the internet and trading girls among themselves, the U.S. attorney’s news release said.

Armstrong faces up to five years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine. She is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 1.

Fort Worth Police and the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office are looking for these 10 fugitives. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Call 817-469-8477.

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