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INDIANAPOLIS -- Three Indianapolis women accused of human trafficking a teenage girl are expected to plead guilty to lesser charges and avoid prison time.
According to the women's defense attorney Mitchell Solomon, Ciera Beauchamp will plead guilty to promoting prostitution, a level four felony, and will serve two years on home detention through Community Corrections.
The investigation began on Oct. 7 when officers were dispatched to a child custody disturbance and a 17-year-old girl, identified by the initials “FS,” said she no longer wanted to live with her court-appointed guardian, Ciera Beauchamp.
When the Indiana Department of Child Services investigated, FS revealed that she had been forced to prostitute while living with Beauchamp.
Investigators found Beauchamp advertised FS’s services on Backpage.com, and that Beauchamp used the money to pay for her rent and bills.
The teenage girl told investigators she had contracted a sexually transmitted disease from one of the clients.
FS also told authorities that Beauchamp kept a small, black gun and had threatened her and her family with it, which caused her not to tell police for a long time.
The teen said Beauchamp had other people staying with them including a “Nicole” who went by “Sno Bunny Nikki” on her Backpage.com ads.
On October 19, police served a search warrant at Beauchamp’s apartment and discovered condoms, lingerie, and other items typically used during acts of prostitution.
Beauchamp’s girlfriend, Ashley Breedlove, and sister, Brandi Beauchamp, were also charged with promotion of human trafficking of a minor and promoting prostitution.
Their attorney said Breedlove will plead guilty to assisting a criminal, a level 6 felony, and will receive a year probation.
Brandi Beauchamp is pleading guilty to promoting prostitution, a level 5 felony, and will receive two years of probation.
Records show Breedlove and Brandi Beauchamp lived at Ciera Beauchamp’s apartment, quit their jobs and were relying on prostitution money to pay bills.
“They’re very remorseful,” said Solomon on Tuesday. “They regret this whole incident, and thankfully the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the human trafficking plea charges.”
As part of the plea agreement, the women must stay away from FS.
A judge can approve or not approve the plea agreement at a hearing on Monday, March 20.