5/21/2010 – Nashville, TN — A Nashville mom pled guilty to her involvement in a sex trafficking ring that recruited local high school teens.
Teresa West, 46, was identified as the ring leader and organizer for a prostitution and human sex trafficking business that operated out of Nashville and Pigeon Forge.
West and her husband, son and daughter were all arrested last summer after a concerned citizen tipped off local law enforcement that someone was recruiting and pimping out Robertson County High school students.
West faced nine federal charges including sex trafficking of children and conspiring to interfere with a police investigation.
According to court papers, during the police investigation, West was observed renting a room at a Motel 6 in Murfreesboro. West then left the room key on a wall in the parking lot before leaving the area. A short time later a 16-year old female drove to the motel, retrieved the key and entered the room previously rented by West. Agents confronted the teen who admitted she had been recruited by West and had been prostituted to 20-30 ‘Johns.’ The teen was told to charge $110 for each sex act.
West pled guilty to a single count of recruiting a 16-year old girl into prostitution and to interfering with the investigation when she placed calls from jail to family members in an effort to fabricate an alibi.
Prosecutors say these charges typically carry a minimum sentence of 10-years in federal prison.
West’s husband, Kenneth Dagley, her son Casey, 20, and daughter Diana, 23, have yet to go to trial.
According to prosecutors, both Casey and Diana assisted in the prostitution and trafficking ring by driving girls to meet ‘Johns’ and assisting in the criminal operation.
Court papers indicate that Diana was also pimped out by her mother.
Parents of teenagers, particularly in the Robertson County area, who are/were friends with Casey, Diana and/or Teresa West, are urged to talk with their children and inquire whether they have any knowledge regarding the prostitution business. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact SID Detective Chad Holman at 782-3301. Underage persons involved in this matter are considered to be victims.