On Friday 17-year-old, Alexa Nicole De Armas, student at Venice High School in Sarasota, Florida, was arrested for leading a prostitution ring involving both fellow students, and Riverview High School students.
Along with Nicole, another person was arrested, 21-year-old, John Michael Mosher, one Nicole’s first clients. Mosher gave Nicole $40 and a bottle of alcohol to have sex with a girl six year younger than him. On Tuesday, another suspected is expected to be arrested, Venice Police reported.
Police said they found out about the prostitution ring when 4 Venice students told high school principal that De Armas and her accomplice, a male Venice student, suggested them to enter in the sex business promising money and alcohol.
During the investigation, police found pout Nicole recruited potential clients using a popular social networking site. On her Facebook account police found private conversation with potential clients. In those messages, she gave them precise details, such as services available, age range of victims, and prices.
During a police investigation of De Armas’ account, they found conversations between potential business partners, participants and details of how transactions would be made, including prices for services.
“Why pimp out old hoes when I have fresh young hoes I can give up for money? As long as I’m getting paid I’m trafficking all these [censored],”
De Armas wrote one of her clients in a private message.
John Michael Mosher was charged with sexual battery of a minor child. His victim was a 15-year-old. He is now imprisoned in Sarasota County jail, and was refused to be released on bail. Mosher was also forbidden to talk to the victim or De Armas.
Mosher, former dish-washer in a local restaurant, met the victim in August in a public pool shed nearby a park in Nokomis, Sarasota. The 15-year-old told the police she told the defendant she didn’t want to have sex with him, but he held her against the wall and forced her to have sexual intercourse with him.
Police also found out that many other Sarasota County High School students were involved. However, on of the sex crimes occurred in schools. Sarasota County school officials refused to comment, since there was an on-going investigation.
According to police documents and students involved, De Armas and her accomplice had this summer at least three certain clients, including Mosher. It seems that the two teenagers started the business mainly because they needed the money to buy narcotics.