Richmond man pleads guilty in juvenile sex case

Stephen Callis

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Richmond man has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of children and coercion and enticement of a minor.

Federal court records show 47-year-old Stephen Callis entered the plea Thursday in Richmond. He faces up to life in prison when he’s sentenced on June 2.

According to a statement of facts filed in the case, Callis admitted posing online as a 15-year-old girl named “Kayla.” Using that fictitious identity, the Kik messaging app, he recruited a juvenile into prostitution. He then used the “Kayla” persona to introduce the victim to “Mark,” another online alias he used.

The statement says Callis later paid the juvenile for sex at a hotel on several occasions.

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