Tulsan indicted on attempted sex-trafficking charge
BY DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer
Friday, January 11, 2013
A Tulsa man was charged by a federal grand jury Friday with attempted sex trafficking and with using telephone and Internet services to facilitate a prostitution business.
Tarran Arnell Brinson, 23, was arrested by Tulsa police after a 15-year-old girl met with an undercover officer during a prostitution sting at the Super 8 motel at 6616 E. Archer St. on Dec. 6, an arrest report says.
The officer set up the meeting with the girl through backpage.com, a website where the public can post free classified advertisements, the report says.
While one officer was inside the room, the girl and a second officer who was conducting surveillance saw a black GMC Yukon Denali drive by the room multiple times, the report says.
Then, while the Denali was in the parking lot, the girl was sent a text message warning her that police were outside the room. It was later confirmed by motel staff that Brinson had rented the room, the report indicates.
Brinson was previously charged in Tulsa County District Court with one count of human trafficking. State court prosecutors alleged that Brinson held the 15-year-old girl “as a prostitute for his own and others’ commercial benefit by requiring her to perform sexual acts upon multiple individuals over a period of time,” court documents state.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said Friday that Brinson was charged in federal court because prosecuting human-trafficking and child-exploitation crimes are high priorities of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Shores said Brinson would face 10 years to life in prison if convicted of the attempted sex-trafficking count in the indictment.
Brinson remained in the Tulsa Jail as of Friday evening.
Tarran Arnell Brinson