OKLAHOMA CITY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING/EXPLOITATION CHARGE
TULSA, OKLAHOMA—An Oklahoma City man pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges stemming from a sex trafficking sting conducted by the Tulsa Police Department’s Vice Unit, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams, Sr.
Ronald Everett Spivey, Jr, 47, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty to Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor before United States District Court Judge Claire V. Eagan. A federal grand jury had previously returned a four-count Superseding Indictment in December 2013, charging Spivey with various trafficking and child exploitation related violations. Kimberly Haven, a co-defendant, previously pled guilty to Interstate Transportation and Racketeering charges stemming from the same investigation. She will be sentenced on January 30, 2013.
During the Summer of 2013, Spivey and his co-defendant, Kimberly Haven, worked together in a commercial sex trafficking venture, during which they attempted to recruit and prostitute a female under 18 years of age. In late July of 2013, Spivey and Haven traveled from Oklahoma City to Tulsa for the purpose of recruiting for their prostitution business a girl whom Spivey believed to be 17 years of age. In actuality, Spivey was communicating with an undercover Tulsa Police Department officer. Spivey exchanged multiple text messages with the undercover officer in which he asked her birthday and even offered to take her to Vegas or Florida to work for him and make money. On July 31, 2013, Spivey and Haven were arrested in Tulsa at a location where they had arranged to meet the “17 year old girl.”
Spivey faces a statutory mandatory minimum of 10 years imprisonment up to life and a fine of $250,000. His sentencing hearing is set for April 17, 2014.
The Tulsa Police Department in coordination with Oklahoma City Police Department investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorneys R. Trent Shores and Clinton J. Johnson prosecuted this matter on behalf of the United States.
“We will continue to aggressively prosecute those who seek to traffic and exploit teenaged girls in the Northern District of Oklahoma. I commend the Tulsa Police Department’s Vice Unit for their excellent work in investigating this matter,” stated United States Attorney Williams.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."