Crime

Lexington woman enters not guilty plea to human-trafficking charge

Stephanie Watts
Stephanie Watts

A Lexington woman accused of offering her boyfriend sex acts with a 12-year-old girl for money had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf at arraignment Monday afternoon in Fayette County District Court.

Stephanie Watts, 33, is charged with human trafficking of a victim younger than18, and her boyfriend, Juan Hernandez is charged with first-degree sodomy, according to court documents.

Hernandez not guilty plea to the sodomy charge and to charges of possession of cocaine and flagrant nonsupport.

In August, Watts allegedly offered the girl money to have oral sex with Hernandez at a Meadow Lane home, according to court documents. The girl then told Watts she didn’t want to have sex with him, but Watts said, “Well, you are going to.”

The next day, Watts took $80 out of Hernandez’s pockets and told the girl not to say anything, according to court documents.

Judge Megan Lake Thornton mentioned in court Monday that Hernandez had used several names in the past, so they would need to verify his name.

Watts is a registered sex offender with an incest conviction in Carroll County, according to the Kentucky State Police sex offender registry.

Watts and Hernandez will be back in court Jan. 5 for preliminary hearings.

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