A 40-year-old Lincoln woman was charged with pandering Thursday, accused of sexually trafficking a 17-year-old girl Lincoln girl. Police are also looking for two other women believed to be involved in the trafficking operation.
Investigators say Kimberly Wheeler, of 3515 Baldwin Ave., asked the girl and another 14-year-old to send her nude and semi-nude photographs of themselves so she could post them on a website and get men to pay them for sex, according to a probable cause affidavit written by Lincoln Police Officer Ryan Duncan.
The teenagers took pictures of themselves and sent them to Wheeler. Investigators found the photos on the girls’ cellphones, Duncan wrote.
And investigators from the Lincoln Police Department’s Family Crime Unit found pictures of the 17-year-old wearing a bra and panties on a website that features advertisements for escort services, Duncan wrote. She was reported as a runaway on May 10.
The 14-year-old’s pictures were not posted on the website.
Investigators responded to the ad on June 21 and made arrangements to meet the girl at 1624 Garfield St. Wheeler answered the door and asked the officer for $200, then brought the 17-year-old out from a bathroom and showed her to the officer, Duncan wrote.
The officer asked Wheeler how much time he had, then told him to “hurry up and do it,” because the teenager had another client coming, documents say.
Police arrested Wheeler at the apartment.
During interviews later, she denied selling the girl.
Police are also looking for Kayla Holt, 25, who lives at the Garfield Street address, and Jacqueline Stebbins, 33, of 3051 W St. Court documents show police traced the phone numbers and email address associated with the online ad to Stebbins.
And, court documents say, sexual services were provided by the teenager in Holt’s bedroom at the Garfield Street apartment and that Holt collected money from the girl afterward.
Investigators believe the 17-year-old had sex for money with approximately three people daily from May 15 to June 21. She has been placed in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.