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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Louisville, Woman Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Conspiracy To Sex Traffic A Louisville, Kentucky, Minor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Louisville, Kentucky, woman was sentenced today in United States District Court by District Judge David J. Hale to eight years in prison, followed by tens years of supervised release, for conspiracy to sex traffic a minor, announced U. S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Crystal Bradshaw, a/k/a Crystal Thurman, 42, pleaded guilty to the charge on March 16, 2016.  Her co-defendant, Ralph Goodwin, was sentenced earlier this month, by Judge Hale, to ten years in prison for sex trafficking of the 15-year-old female, including soliciting the minor to engage in commercial sex acts and transporting the minor with the intent that the minor engage in prostitution.

According to court records, Bradshaw admitted that in June of 2015, she made contact with Goodwin through seekingarrangements.com, a “sugar daddy” website. They met shortly thereafter and established a relationship wherein Bradshaw would have sexual relations with Goodwin in exchange for money and other things of value.

On August 7, 2015, Bradshaw approached a 15-year-old female in a Louisville park. Bradshaw took the minor female to a Marriott Hotel in Louisville, where the minor engaged in sexual contact with Goodwin.  From August 7, 2015, to August 9, 2015, Goodwin stayed at the hotel in Louisville with Bradshaw and the minor victim.  

On August 9, 2015, the three left the hotel and Bradshaw received $600-$700 from Goodwin, but the minor was not paid. 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. In Louisville, and in Tennessee, Goodwin provided the victim with things of value.

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

Topic: 
Human Trafficking
Updated July 26, 2016