BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The co-owner of an alleged illegal strip club on Plank Road was arrested Wednesday on charges of trafficking of children for sexual purposes and indecent behavior with a juvenile after police found a runaway 16-year-old girl in the building wearing only her bra and panties. The teen told police she had been coerced into dancing for money.
The victim was reportedly introduced to a "co-owner" of the club, 39-year-old Trudell Richardson, a local rapper known as Squalee Pope. He allegedly asked the teen her age. When she told him the truth, he told her told to say she is 21-years-old if asked."Richardson also informed the victim that he would introduce the victim to the 'money guys' and she needed to do whatever was necessary to make money," the officer noted. "The victim was advised that half the money she made would go back to the club."Carter allegedly taught the teen how to "dance on a pole." The teen claims she then danced for Richardson and several other unidentified males.
A warrant was issued for Richardson's arrest. Police say they got a tip that he was located at a home in the 2700 block of Larkspur. When they went to the home on Wednesday, they say 31-year-old Walker Brooks answered the door.
"Brooks was arrested because he lied and said that he didn't know where Richardson was," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneeley, Baton Rouge Police Department. "While they were there they questioned Brooks at the front door, and Brooks said he didn't know where Richardson was at, Richardson ran out the back door," and that's when they apprehended him."
Brooks is charged with accessory after the fact to trafficking of children for sexual purposes.
Police say 19-year-old Kaylenceyia Carter was arrested on March 26 and charged with trafficking of children for sexual purposes. The investigation revealed Carter brought the teen to the illegal strip club to audition for a job.
"[Carter] informed the victim that she would need to bring some lingerie and 'heels' but the victim stated she didn't have any lingerie," the officer noted in the report. "[Carter] stated a bra and panties would be fine. [She] and the victim were later brought to 3773 Plank Road."
When police entered the building at 2:15 a.m., they witnessed several females performing lap dances and the teen was found sleeping in a room located at the back of the building.
WAFB 9 News Investigators first reported that the manager, Shane Theriot, 44, of a club located at 3773 Plank Road was arrested Sunday and was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, letting a disorderly place, and sale of alcohol without a permit. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and was released after posting a $950 bond.