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Lexington, Kentucky, Woman And Clarksville, Tennessee, Man Charged With Sex Trafficking Of A Louisville, Kentucky, Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Lexington, Kentucky, woman and Clarksville, Tennessee man were charged by a federal grand jury today with a single count of sex trafficking a 15-year-old female, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Crystal L. Bradshaw, a/k/a Crystal Thurman, age 41, and Ralph W. Goodwin, age 65, face no less than 10 years in prison and no more than a life sentence, a $250,000 fine, and no less than five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release.

Goodwin was initially charged in a separate, sealed criminal complaint on August 23, 2015. The case was unsealed during the initial appearance and detention hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin on Monday, August 31, 2015.

According to the affidavit attached to the criminal complaint, on August 7, 2015, a 15-year-old female was approached by Crystal Bradshaw, in a Louisville park. Bradshaw took the minor female to a Marriott Hotel in Louisville to engage in sexual contact with Ralph Goodwin, in exchange for a monetary payment. According to the affidavit, Bradshaw received a payment of $700 from Goodwin, but the minor was not paid. Further, after two days, Goodwin drove the minor to his home in Clarksville, Tennessee. Eventually, the minor contacted a friend on Goodwin’s computer. The friend contacted the minor’s mother, which resulted in the Montgomery County, TN Sheriff’s Office discovering the minor at Goodwin’s Clarksville home.

Goodwin is scheduled for arraignment on September 29, 2015 at 9:30am in Louisville.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda Gregory and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated November 30, 2015

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