'Co-owner' of suspected illegal strip club set for preliminary exam on all charges

'Co-owner' of suspected illegal strip club set for preliminary exam on all charges

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man jailed on child sex trafficking charges is scheduled for another court appearance for a hearing Wednesday.

Trudell Richardson, also known as the rapper "Squalee Pope," 39, of Baton Rouge, is expected to show up at the courthouse for a preliminary exam on all charges.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, Richardson is the co-owner of what detectives believe is an illegal strip club on Plank Road. He faces charges of trafficking of children for sexual purposes and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Richardson remains in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $200,000 bond. In June, his lawyers asked Judge Richard Anderson to reduce the bond to $10,000, but the judge refused.

However, the bond could be reduced 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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