PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A federal grand jury indicted a former Lake Oswego High School (LOHS) cheerleader and a 30-year-old man on the charge of sex trafficking a minor on Monday.
Julia Haner, who was a cheerleader at LOHS during the 2011-2012 school year, and Konrod Mason, 30, are accused of charges of sex trafficking a minor and transporting a minor to Washington for the purpose of prostitution.
Haner, who only attended LOHS for one year, began working for Mason as a prostitute shortly after leaving the school, and began to recruit other girls to join them, according to court documents.
Documents show Haner, now 19, allegedly recruited a 17-year-old former schoolmate on Feb. 24 to work as a prostitute.
Police were able to take the minor, who is not a current student at LOHS, into custody on Mar. 11 after a successful sting operation in which they set up a date with the girl at a hotel, according to court documents.
Despite contact with the FBI, Haner and Mason recruited another girl on Apr. 5.
The 20 year-old woman knew Haner from cheerleading together in the past. However, the 20-year-old never attended LOHS, according to a spokesperson for the Lake Oswego School District.
Both offenses Mason and Haner face carry a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a presumption of detention.
Detention hearings are set for Haner and Mason in U.S. District Court in Portland later this week. Haner is due in federal court on Wednesday afternoon and Mason is due in federal court on Friday afternoon.
An FBI spokesperson said sex traffic is the fastest growing business in organized crime, and a potential 300,000 Americans are at risk of being recruited into the trade.