A Topeka man was sentenced to 47 months in federal prison for the sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Monday.
Reginald Eugene Newman, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. In his plea, Newman admitted to taking a teenage girl on March 21, 2015, from Topeka to Junction City for the purpose of prostitution, Beall said.
Newman and his wife, Tiara Jade Newman, rented two rooms at a Value Place motel in Junction City. They used one room for commercial sex acts and slept in the other room. A soldier from Fort Riley paid $250 to have sex with both the 17-year-old girl and Tiara Newman, Beall said.
Reginald Newman is alleged to have held a gun to the victim’s head and threatened to kill her if she didn’t participate in a commercial sex act with a male customer. Authorities also allege he administered by force an illegal narcotic to the victim, a previous Capital-Journal story indicated.
On March 26, 2015, Tiara Newman took the victim along on an “out call” to the Fairfield Inn in Manhattan. Tiara Newman told a customer that the victim was new and she was showing her the business. The customer noticed that the victim was nervous and gave her a tip when he paid her, Beall said.
The Newmans kept the money from the commercial sex acts.
Earlier this month, Tiara Newman was sentenced to 34 months in federal prison, Beall said.