Montia Marie Parker, 18, of Maple Grove, pleaded guilty to first-degree soliciting a minor to practice prostitution, first-degree sex trafficking of a minor and first-degree promotion of prostitution of a minor.
Parker turned down a deal in which she would have been sentenced to between 45 and 60 months in prison in exchange for a guilty plea, according to the County Attorney’s Office. Instead, the sides will argue over an appropriate sentence at an Oct. 11 hearing.
Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines recommend 90 months in prison, with a range that goes as high as 108 months.
During her guilty plea, Parker confirmed the details alleged against her in the charging documents.
On March 11, FBI Special Agent Dixon
Kuglin received information regarding prostitution-related
activities involving several female students at Hopkins High School.
The victim was a 16-year-old sophomore at Hopkins High School and on the
cheerleading team when the charges were filed. Her mother told police that she
is on an Individual Education Plan at school and works with a social worker due
to a developmental cognitive delay.
On Friday, March 1, police say she was talking to several friends and
cheerleading teammates about trying to make some money. One of her friends
mentioned that she could make money with sex. She told police she thought it
was a joke, but they talked about it anyway.
On Sunday, March 3, the victim allegedly received a Facebook message from
Parker, who she knew was a senior on the cheerleading team. Parker obtained her
phone number and texted her asking if she wanted to make some money, according
to court documents.
According to police, Parker asked her to send some pictures of herself
that were "not too nasty but kinda cute." Police say Parker posted
the photos to Backpage.com to advertise for the girl.
Prosecutors accuse Parker of arranging the meetings, urging the
girl to leave school and driving the girl to the men's homes.
The girl received $60 for an incident on March 5 and gave the money
to Parker, according to police, who deposited the cash into her bank account.
She allegedly gave none of the proceeds to the victim.
On March 6, Parker called the high school and pretended to be the girl's mother
asking her to be excused for the day, according to the criminal complaint.
Parker allegedly drove her to Brooklyn Park.
The girl told police that she didn't want to do what was asked of her
and left without completing a sex act. Parker drove her back to school.
The girl's mother told police that she had noticed changes in her daughter and
found out about the unexcused absence from school on March 5. She checked her
daughter's cell phone and found text messages about prostitution between her
daughter and Parker. She called police.
Officers found the ad on Backpage.com that they say Parker posted for her teammate. The phone number in the ad was Parker's.
According to the County Attorney’s Office, when Parker’s lawyer asked her how she felt, Parker responded, “Guilty. Regretful. Remorseful.”
County District Court Judge William Koch accepted Parker’s guilty pleas and
will hand down the sentence but wanted the full hearing in
October because he said he has some concerns and needs more information.