Spokane — On September 21, 2022, U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Kylie Ruby Flores, 31, of Spokane, to 23 years in prison for conspiracy to engage in the sex trafficking of a six-year-old girl that Flores engaged in for a grown man sexual abuse in exchange for accommodation, cash and sneakers. Flores will also be under federal supervision for the rest of her life.
Flores conspired with co-defendant Trever Harder to engage in sex trafficking of a six-year-old girl. After Flores met Harder online through dating application Plenty of Fish, she knowingly agreed to trade sexual access to the girl for housing, small amounts of money and the promise of new Nike running shoes. Under the Plea Agreements made by Harder and Flores, the child was able to describe the specific types of sexual abuse committed by Harder, including bestiality. Police officers recovered video Harder took after setting a camera on a scratching post at his Cheney, Washington, home. The video shows Harder raping the little girl on the couch in his apartment. Harder has also pleaded guilty and is awaiting conviction.
“The facts of this case represent the most egregious child sexual abuse imaginable. Today’s sentence is important, but it’s also important to remember that Flores’ sentence will likely be much shorter than the lifelong impact on the child,” said Vanessa R. Waldref, United States Attorney for the Eastern District. “No judgment can restore the child’s innocence, but our community is safer and stronger now. The most important thing is that the child is in a safe place now.” The US Attorney stressed the importance of protecting children. “The little girl in this case was only six years old when her abuse began. Today, thanks to an effective and cooperative investigation, she is neither missing nor murdered – but she is not the only child in danger. Today’s ruling sends a clear message to those who attempt to sexually abuse children: Justice is coming.”
David M. Herzog, the Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting the case, thanked the authorities responsible for investigating and protecting the young victim. “Incredibly dedicated FBI agents have worked hand in hand with state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to ensure justice for the victim in this case. I am especially grateful to Chelsea Sayles, the Quileute Tribal Attorney, and to our partners at Quileute Indian Child Welfare, who worked hand-in-hand with the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office to protect this child from further sexual abuse.”
“As a parent, it is unimaginable how anyone could participate in the victimization of a child in their care,” said Richard A. Collodi, acting special agent for the FBI’s Seattle field office. “While the verdict in this case is significant and genuinely justified, it brings only a small measure of justice to the victim. I hope that the commitment by FBI agents and our partners to holding predators like Ms. Flores to account serves as a message to those who would victimize our most vulnerable among us.”
This case was being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the United States Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the CID’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Division, Project Safe Childhood provides federal, state, and local resources to identify, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who are sexually exploiting children and around identify and rescue victims. The Project Safe Childhood Initiative (“PSC”) consists of five main components:
· Integrated federal, state and local efforts to investigate and prosecute cases of child exploitation and to identify and rescue children;
· Participation of PSC partners in coordinated national initiatives;
· Increased federal enforcement in child pornography and seduction cases;
· Training of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies; and
· Community awareness and education programs.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For information on cyber safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the Resources tab.
This case was investigated by the FBI 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