By AMY LEIGH WOMACK - firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Macon men have been indicted on charges that they locked a 14-year-old girl in a house in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood and forced her to have sex with up to 15 people.
Shuntain N. Griffin, 30, and Marcus Dwayne Henley, 31, are charged with trafficking a person for sexual servitude, according to an indictment returned in Bibb Superior Court on Tuesday.
The girl ran away from her Bibb County home March 8 and walked to the Zebulon Road Wal-Mart, where she met a trucker and spent the night in his truck, said Allie Seckinger, a Bibb County sheriff’s investigator.
The next day, he dropped her off at a CVS pharmacy in the Bloomfield area of Macon, where she camped out in the woods for a couple of nights.
At some point, men in that neighborhood introduced the girl to Griffin, and she spent the night at his house, Seckinger said.
The next day, Griffin and Henley took the girl to a house on Second Avenue, where, in the girl’s words, she was forced to “serve” people, Seckinger said. At one point, there were 10 to 15 people lined up waiting for her.
“They pretty much pimped her out,” Capt. Mike Smallwood said.
After two to three days, Griffin and Henley sold the girl to a Crawford County man for $500, Seckinger said.
Authorities soon received a tip that the girl was in Crawford County, and they returned the teen to her family March 19. It wasn’t until later interviews that investigators discovered the sexual activity, Seckinger said.
Daniel Chestley White, 46, of Grace Road in Crawford County, was arrested in October on charges of child molestation, aggravated sodomy, rape, interference with child custody, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and human trafficking, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.
Additional charges may be pending against White in Bibb County, Seckinger said.
Smallwood said the case is the first instance in which the sheriff’s office has worked a human trafficking case that led to charges being filed.
Crawford County investigator Johnny Cleveland said White’s arrest is the first human trafficking case in Crawford County.
White was released on $20,000 bond Nov. 4, according to Crawford County jail records.
Griffin, of a Bloomfield Drive address, is being held at the Bibb County jail on $111,200 bond.
Henley, of a Virginia Avenue address, is being held without bond, according to Bibb County jail records.
Court records showed that Tuesday’s indictment wasn’t Griffin or Henley’s first brush with the law.
Griffin was convicted of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and writing fictitious checks in 2006 in Baldwin County.
In 2003, he was convicted of attempted burglary in Houston County. In 2001, Griffin was convicted of possession of cocaine in Bibb County.
Henley was convicted of possession of methamphetamine in Bibb County in 2007. In 1998, he was convicted of burglary and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in Monroe County, according to the indictment.