Friday, March 31, 2017
Springdale pimp sentenced to 6 years in prison for using Missouri teen for prostitution
Antonio “TBoi” Nash, age 23, of Springdale was sentenced today to 70 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release on one count of Transporting Individual to Engage in Prostitution. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.
According to court records, in January of 2015, officers with the Springdale Police Department encountered a 17-year-old female naked inside a hotel room with an adult male. During an interview with the officers, the minor explained that she had been recruited just before Christmas of 2014 through Facebook by a pimp named “Tboi,” who was later identified as Antonio Nash, to work as a prostitute. She stated that Tboi had picked her up from her residence in Missouri, driven her to Springdale, and introduced her to two other females who explained to her how to be an escort. She said he helped her to create an online advertisement on Backpage.com, and she started working for him. She explained that he would give her marijuana for payment and let her keep some of the money she made from the sexual encounters, but later he took all of the money she made. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), obtained a search warrant for Nash’s Facebook account, and the Facebook records corroborated the statements of the minor. On or about May 26, 2016, a search warrant was issued on Nash’s residence. At the time, Nash, after being advised of his rights, admitted to being in the business of facilitating sexual encounters for money and, specifically, to recruiting and transporting the 17-year-old female.
Nash was indicted by a federal grand jury in June, 2016 and pleaded guilty in October, 2016.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and Springdale Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted the case for the United States.