Four people from Council Bluffs have pled guilty to sex trafficking. Thirty-two-year-old Merrideth Crane-Horton, 35-year-old Edwin Horton, 23-year-old Katherine Heredia and 21-year-old Ramon Heredia pled guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
Court documents say the four enticed a 15-year-old girl into the conspiracy and coerced her into performing sex acts both in Nebraska and Iowa. They also admitted that various young adult women were also enticed into the conspiracy to perform sex acts along with the 15-year-old.
The case began with a prostitution sting by the Council Bluffs police and the F.B.I. in January of this year. Sentencing has been set for the four on February 7th, and they each face the potential of a life prison sentence.