NEW ORLEANS – RANDI LEWIS (a/k/a “Teddy,” a/k/a “Teddy P.”), age 35, from Houston, Texas, was sentenced on September 20, 2023 to 360 months in prison by United States District Judge M. Lance after previously pleading guilty to Count 2 of the indictment pending against him, charging LEWIS with sex trafficking of a child under the age of 14, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1591(a) and 1591(b)(1), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. Judge Africk also sentenced LEWIS to supervision after his release from prison for a term of life, a $100 mandatory special assessment fee and restitution to the victim’s guardian in the amount $620. Additionally, LEWIS will be required to register as a sex offender. The charges stem from LEWIS’s role in transporting a thirteen-year-old female from Houston to New Orleans in June 2021, to engage in commercial sex acts.
According to court documents, LEWIS met his co-conspirator, Chelsea Gee, a female born in 2003, in about late 2019 or early 2020, when Gee was a minor. LEWIS recruited Gee to engage in commercial sex acts under his direction, and she complied. LEWIS also instituted a series of rules for Gee to follow, including how to behave, what to wear, with whom she was allowed to interact (i.e., look at and speak to), as well as the amount of money she was expected to earn from engaging in daily commercial sex acts. LEWIS routinely tracked Gee’s location using a location sharing cellular phone application and regularly engaged in sexual acts with Gee.
Together, LEWIS and Gee met the thirteen-year-old victim, in the Houston, Texas area not later than June 21, 2021. At LEWIS’s direction, Gee recruited the victim to perform commercial sex acts. After the victim agreed, LEWIS arranged for he, Gee, and the victim to travel to New Orleans on a Greyhound bus so that Gee and the victim would then engage in commercial sex acts. Between June 22, 2021, and June 24, 2021, Gee and the victim performed multiple commercial sex acts in the New Orleans area. LEWIS required Minor Victim to turn over all, or most, of the money she earned from commercial sex acts to LEWIS. LEWIS and Gee instructed the victim on the manner in which to successfully perform commercial sex activities. These instructions included how to behave, what to wear, how to identify and avoid law enforcement, and how to solicit and engage in commercial sex activities, all under LEWIS’s direction.
On LEWIS’s direction, Gee and the victim solicited commercial sex “dates” in several ways. First, they walked the streets soliciting customers. Additionally, LEWIS advertised using an online sexual service, classified ad service used to market sexual services for money. As a result, LEWIS received telephone calls, text messages, and messages via social media applications inquiring about, and scheduling, prostitution calls with Gee and the victim. LEWIS used sexually explicit pictures of the victim in the advertisements. Further, LEWIS and Gee drugged the victim with illicit and mood-altering drugs, including marijuana, to control her behavior, and/or to encourage her to engage in commercial sex acts. Law enforcement authorities recovered the victim at a hotel in Terrytown, Louisiana, on June 24, 2021.
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.”
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg, Chief of Public Integrity Unit, was in charge of the prosecution.