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Pair charged with sex trafficking after allegedly taking 15-year-old Louisville girl to Tenn. for sex acts

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Crystal Bradshaw (Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) Crystal Bradshaw (Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
Ralph Goodwin (Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office) Ralph Goodwin (Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Lexington, Kentucky woman and a Clarksville, Tennessee man have been charged with sex trafficking after federal authorities say a 15-year-old girl was taken from Louisville to Clarksville so she could be used for sex acts.

A federal grand jury indicted 65-year-old Ralph Goodwin on Wednesday.

According to a news release from the United States Attorney's Office in the Western District of Kentucky, Goodwin and 41-year-old Crystal Bradshaw face no less than 10 years in prison and no more than a life sentence, a $250,000 fine, and no less than five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, should they be convicted.

A reporter for WDRB News was in a detention hearing for Goodwin that took place on Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin. During that hearing, many of the details of that case came to light.

The incident in question took place on Aug. 7, when Bradshaw allegedly approached a 15-year-old girl in a Louisville park. The girl told Bradshaw that she was trying to sell her iPod in order to make some money. Bradshaw initially took the girl to multiple ecoATMs, but she was unable to sell her iPod.

According to testimony, Goodwin had already met Bradshaw through a "sugar daddy" Web site. Bradshaw allegedly contacted Goodwin and told him that she had procured a girl with whom he could engage in sexual relations. At that point, Goodwin allegedly drove up to Louisville and checked into a Marriott Hotel for that purpose.

Special Agent Orrin Ambrose of the FBI testified Monday that Bradshaw asked the girl if she would like to make money doing sexual favors. According to court documents, she said she didn't want to, but she really needed the money. Bradshaw then allegedly took her to Goodwin's hotel room. Once inside, Ambrose said the girl told investigators that she was disrobed by Bradshaw, and engaged in sexual contact with Goodwin.

According to court documents, Goodwin engaged in sexual relations with the girl, but she was not paid. Instead, Goodwin allegedly paid Bradshaw $700.

The girl allegedly told investigators that she was not allowed to leave, and stayed at the hotel for two days, before Goodwin checked out and allegedly took her to his home in Clarksville, Tennessee. Ambrose told the court that the girl said while she was at his home, Goodwin would get her intoxicated, then engage in sexual relations with her. She told investigators that Bradshaw threatened to kill her if she tried to leave, or if she told anybody where she was.

According to Ambrose's testimony, the girl said she was never given cash -- although Goodwin bought her clothes at Walmart.

Defense attorneys for Goodwin argued Monday that Goodwin believed the girl to be 18 at the time the sexual contact took place. However, investigators countered that Goodwin had sent a text message at the time, indicating that he was "enjoying some 15-year-old [EXPLETIVE.]"

Investigators say the girl was eventually allowed to use Goodwin's computer, and while taking part in a Skype conversation with a friend, she made it known that she was being held against her will.

Authorities were contacted, and on Aug. 11, police showed up at Goodwin's door and arrested him.

On Monday, during the detention hearing, Goodwin's attorneys argued that he should be allowed to live on home incarceration with his elderly mother and brother, rather than face detention, but U.S. Magistrate David Whalin denied that request.

Goodwin is scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 29.

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