Nashville man gets 15 years in child sex trafficking case

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Posted at 9:39 AM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 10:39:21-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Nashville man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in a sex trafficking case involving a 13-year-old girl.

U.S. Attorney Don Cochran said Brittan Ezekiel Kettles was convicted by a federal jury in June 2018 after a three-day trial in U.S. District Court.

Investigators said the 27-year-old Kettles met Stormy Whittemore on Instagram in 2016 and recruited her as a sex worker in the Nashville area. She was 18 at the time.

At some point that year, Kettles met the victim through Whittemore and recruited her to work for him.

According to a release, the victim later asked the pair for $200 of the $800 that she had earned for them. They agreed to give her $60 but only left $15 in her mailbox, officials said.

Her mother notified authorities that she had been the victim of human trafficking. She later identified Kettles and Whittemore as the individuals who trafficked her between June 16 and June 19, 2016.

Whittemore pleaded guilty in August 2017 and will be sentenced on July 3.