A mother who ran an underage prostitution business along with her son and daughter was sentenced to spend 188 months in prison.
On Tuesday, Chief Judge Todd J. Campbell in U.S. District Court in Nashville sentenced Teresa A. West, 46, for her role in recruiting several high school girls to work for her as escorts, the services of which she advertised on the Internet.
West previously pleaded guilty to child sex-trafficking and conspiracy to obstruct enforcement charges. As part of her sentencing, West also received 10 years of supervised release.
According to a 2009 criminal complaint filed against West, her daughter Diana M. West and her son Casey G. West, the mother arranged for the underage girls to meet johns in motel rooms for sex and then later had them deposit earnings onto a re-loadable debit card.
One of the girls, a 16-year-old, had previously dated Casey West, according to prosecutors, but was then convinced to go to work for his mother’s illicit business.
The investigation into West’s operation began with Metro police in Nashville, where West once lived. The FBI eventually got involved, and police caught up to the operation at a Murfreesboro Motel 6 in 2009.
There, police watched Teresa West leave a room key outside of a motel room before a 16-year-old girl showed up and used the key to enter. When police interviewed the girl, she told them she had sex for money at the direction of West.
A federal grand jury indicted West in October 2009 on child sex-trafficking and obstruction of enforcement charges. West’s son was indicted on an additional charge of making false statements to a federal agent, while her daughter was indicted on child sex trafficking charge.
Campbell previously sentenced Kenneth L. Dagley, who was indicted in the case on an obstruction charge, to 37 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
Quinton M. Roath was also sentenced to 46 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
The cases against Casey and Diana West remain open.