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Judge denies reduced bond for alleged co-owner of suspected illegal strip club

Trudell Richardson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Trudell Richardson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A man facing child sex trafficking charges appeared in court Tuesday for a bond reduction hearing, but the judge denied the request.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Trudell Richardson, 39, a Baton Rouge rapper known as "Squalee Pope," is the co-owner of what they believe is an illegal strip club on Plank Road.

His lawyers asked Judge Richard Anderson to reduce his $200,000 bond to $10,000, but the judge refused.

Richardson was arrested in April on charges of trafficking of children for sexual purposes and indecent behavior with a juvenile. A preliminary exam is set for July 15 on all charges. Richardson's bond could be reduced after that if some of the charges are dropped because of lack of cause.

Police said they 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.

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