Update 9/25/13- Michael Lilley, 49, of Millington was indicted today by a federal grand jury on 13 counts related to the sex trafficking of minor girls in West Tennessee.
Lilley was charged with four counts of sex trafficking of a minor, one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, four counts of production of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.
Lilley faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison on each child sex trafficking charge and the conspiracy to commit trafficking charge; a minimum sentence of 15 years and maximum of 30 years on each of the production of child pornography charges; a minimum sentence of five years and maximum of 20 years on each of the child pornography distribution charges; and a sentence of up to 10 years on the child pornography possession charge. Each count carries a fine of up to $250,000.
(Memphis) A 49-year-old Millington man was charged Monday with sex trafficking girls from as many as three West Tennessee high schools.
Michael Lilley allegedly recruited girls as young as 15 years old to work as prostitutes in his Millington home.
He and another person provided alcohol and drugs to the girls, who stayed in an enclosure in Lilley’s backyard (known as the back house) that included a small kitchen and three bedrooms.
According to victims, acts of prostitution occurred at Lilley’s home, at the homes and trailers of different men and in Lilley’s van while it was parked in Mexican restaurant parking lots in and around the Millington area.
One girl said the men paid $60 or $75 per session, and the girls received about $30 per customer.
A 17-year-old boy started recruiting girls from the various high schools in February 2013.
He told authorities he was supposed to be paid $20 out of every $100 made by the girls, but rarely received payment.
Instead, the girls he recruited gave him items, like cigarettes.
Law enforcement became aware of the situation when one of the girls told a school crisis counselor, who then reported it to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
When a federal search warrant was executed on September 6th, four people – including three minors — were found in the back house.
The 17-year-old boy, who recruited as many as six girls for Lilley, was one of the minors present.
According to the criminal complaint, Lilley only set the girls up with Hispanic men.
Lilley’s detention hearing is scheduled for September 12th.
If convicted, he faces a minimum of ten years in prison and a maximum of life in prison on each charge.