Louisville man is 3rd arrested in human trafficking of teen girls

Published: Apr. 18, 2018 at 4:31 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 18, 2018 at 4:59 PM EDT
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Quentin J. Burris (Source: LMDC)
Quentin J. Burris (Source: LMDC)
Abigail Varney (Source: LMDC)
Abigail Varney (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Investigators with the Kentucky Attorney General's Office have made a third arrest in a human trafficking investigation.

The charges against Quentin J. Burris, 26, deal with an ad that was placed on Backpage.com during a one week period in January of this year which offered for sale two 16-year-old girls for sex.

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Burris told investigators he knew the ad was offering the minors for sale and that money would be received for the sex acts, according to his arrest report. It also states that he "agreed to receive a percentage of all money raised from the sex acts."

The Attorney General's Office says the ads appeared on the website between Jan. 15 and 21.

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On April 17, Burris was charged with two counts of human trafficking. His bond was set at $100,000 cash. Online records for Louisville Metro Corrections show Burris has been in custody since Jan. 21 for wanton endangerment and contempt of court charges in another case.

The other two people charged as a result of the investigation have been identified as Abigail Varney, 22, and Nigel Karl Nicholas, 51. Varney was booked into LMDC on Feb. 13 on two counts each of human trafficking, possession of a sexual performance by a minor, promoting a sexual performance by a minor, distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and drug paraphernalia.

Nicholas was arrested Feb. 16 on two counts of human trafficking with the victims being under 18 years of age and one count of promoting prostitution with two or more adult prostitutes.

Indictments against Varney and Nicholas were returned today by a Jefferson County Grand Jury.

The Backpage.com website is no longer in operation. It was one of three seized by the Department of Justice on April 6. 
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