Trial date set for rapper police say co-owned illegal strip club

Trial date set for rapper police say co-owned illegal strip club

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A trial date has been set for a Baton Rouge rapper accused of operating an illegal strip club where a 16-year-old was allegedly working.

Trudell Richardson, who goes by the rap name "Squalee Pope," 39, will stand trial on charges of trafficking of children for sexual purposes and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

The trial is scheduled to start on April 25, 2016. A pre-trial status conference will be held on Feb. 22, 2016.

Investigators said Richardson was the co-owner of an illegal strip club on Plank Road. He was arrested in April.

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

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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