A 51-year-old Osawatomie man has been arrested and faces two felony charges after allegedly traveling to Topeka to meet an underage child Monday, Oct. 5, at a local motel, according to a Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office news release.
David D. Spears faces felony charges of aggravated human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of a child in connection with the incident, according to the release. He was booked Monday evening into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections on the two felony counts.
A 17-year-old male from Topeka also was arrested and charged with commercial sexual exploitation of a child for transporting the victim, according to the sheriff’s office.
The victim was placed in protective custody, the release said.
Detectives with the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division and multiple law enforcement officers with the Kansas Highway Patrol were involved in making the arrests the evening of Oct. 5, according to the release.
On Sept. 29, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Highway Patrol received information from a concerned person regarding the possible human trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child, according to the sheriff’s office. The investigation is ongoing.
Spears, an Osawatomie businessman, is in the process of transferring ownership of the Loft On Sixth, new owner Hitomi Lamirande said in a Facebook post.
“As the ownership of the Loft On Sixth will be transferring to myself over the next couple of weeks, I would like to stress that I understand the seriousness of the allegations, but firmly believe that this is a misunderstanding and that there is innocence until proven guilty,” Lamirande wrote in the post. “While this situation is being met out in the justice system, I would like all current and future valued customers to rest assure that weddings and events will continue to take place and receive the highest customer service and quality that The Loft On Sixth has always provided. We just ask that everyone remember the upstanding values that have always been a hallmark of The Loft and reserve judgement until all the facts have been brought to light.”