SPOKANE – On Wednesday, a 31-year-old Spokane woman was sentenced to 23 years in prison for conspiracy to engage in the sex trafficking of a six-year-old girl, whom police say she made available to an adult man for sexual abuse in exchange for housing, cash and sneakers.
Kylie Ruby Flores, 31, will also be on federal supervision for the remainder of her life following the completion of the sentence.
According to court documents, Flores conspired with codefendant Trever Harder to engage in the sex trafficking of a six-year-old girl. After meeting Harder online on the dating application Plenty of Fish (POF), Flores knowingly agreed to trade sexual access to the girl for a place to stay, small amounts of cash, and the promise of new Nike running shoes.
According to the Plea Agreements entered by Harder and Flores, the child was able to describe the specific ways that Harder sexually abused her, including acts of sodomy. Law enforcement officers recovered a video that Harder had recorded after he set up a camera on a cat tree in his apartment in Cheney, Washington. The video depicts Harder raping the little girl on the couch in his apartment. Harder has also pleaded guilty and is pending sentencing.
“The facts of this case present some of the most egregious sexual abuse of a child one can imagine,” said Vanessa R. Waldref, United States Attorney for the Eastern District. “Today’s sentence is important, but it is equally important to remember that Flores’s sentence will likely be much shorter than the lifelong impact on the child. No sentence can return the child’s innocence, but our community is now safer and stronger. Most important, the child is now in a safe place.”
The U.S. Attorney emphasized the importance of protecting children.
“The little girl in this case was only six years old when her abuse began. Thanks to an effective and cooperative investigation, she is neither missing nor murdered today—but she is not the only child in danger. Today’s sentence sends a clear message to those who seek to sexually abuse children: justice is coming.”
This case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
“It is inconceivable as a parent how someone could participate in the victimization of a child under their care,“ said Richard A. Collodi, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle field Office. “While the sentence in this case is significant and truly justified, it only brings a small measure of justice to the victim. I hope the dedication of FBI agents and our partners to hold predators like Ms. Flores accountable serves as a message to those who would victimize our most vulnerable among us.”
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Spokane Resident Office and the Spokane Police Department, with significant assistance from the Quileute Nation. The case was prosecuted by David M. Herzog, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington