LOS ANGELES – An Apple Valley man was sentenced last Monday to over 7 years in federal prison for the sex trafficking of a 17-year-old Nevada girl. The, now 27-year-old man, identified as Kenyati Jakeen Rahh-Potts was originally from Hahira Georgia but lived in Apple Valley at the time of his 2013 arrest. He was convicted in February 2015, after pleading guilty to one count of sex trafficking.
Rahh-Potts was convicted of trafficking the teen from Nevada to California to work as a sex worker, Department of Justice officials said. Tabitha Samaria Walls, also an Apple Valley resident, who was originally from Elk Grove, California was sentenced to 27 years in prison after a guilty plea to conspiring to engage in sex trafficking.
The two used online backpage.com advertisements to solicit the victim for their own financial gain, giving the victim no money. According to the complaint, Rahh-Potts beat the teen when she lost the money she received for sex work. At one point Rahh-Potts also told people who attempted to rescue the teen that he killed her and left her body on the side of the road along the 15 freeway.
“No child should be subject to this type of abuse,” said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker, in the August 12th release. “These defendants showed no concern for the humanity of this young person, whose body was sold via online ads strictly for their own profit.”
The teen was forced to engage in prostitution in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Pomona and Ontario in 2013 during an approximately week and a half long period, officials said. The FBI investigated this case with the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The two originally faced a minimum of 15 years to life, it is unclear how Rahh-Potts received the 87-month — 7 year and 3-month sentence.
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