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CASE NAME:United States v. Todd Barkau
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Todd Barkau, Debra Palmer
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DOCKET NUMBER:4:08cr113
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Nanette K. Laughrey
YEAR OF ARREST:2008
YEAR OF VERDICT:2009
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Missouri
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of Children or by Force, Fraud or Coercion
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:300 months
SECOND CHARGE:Selling/Transferring Custody of a Minor with Knowledge of Resulting Sexual Exploitation
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2251A(a)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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THIRD CHARGE:Obtaining Control/Custody of a Minor with Knowledge of Resulting Sexual Exploitation
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2251A(b)
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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FOURTH CHARGE:Inducing a Child to Engage in Sexually Explicit Conduct
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2251(a)
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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FIFTH CHARGE:Permitting a Child to Engage in Sexually Explicit Conduct
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2251(b)
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:300 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$200,000
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:United States v. Parker, 643 F.3d 1060
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Afffirm in Part and Vacate in Part
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendants Todd Barkau and Debra Palmer sold Palmer's 14-year-old daughter as a sexual dominatrix online and in person in Blue Springs, Missouri. Barkau began "training" her at age 12 and forced her to engage in violent sexual activities with other men while he watched. Parker accepted financial contributions in return for her cooperation. This was the first time a parent was charged with sex trafficking of his or her own child. The defendants pled guilty to sex trafficking of a child. Barkau was sentenced to 25 years in prison and Palmer was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The defendants were ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution.
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