Former OU Football Player, Cheerleader Arrested for Prostitution07-Apr-2017
A former University of Oklahoma football player was arrested for allegedly pimping out an ex-cheerleader for the Sooners.
Undercover police responding to a Backpage.com ad went to a local hotel to meet with a woman. Once there, the woman offered the officer sex in exchange for $200. When vice detectives tried to arrest the woman, identified as Micah Madison Parker, 23, she reportedly attempted to throw two cell phones into a toilet. Investigators say they also found marijuana and a substance believed to be codeine in the hotel room.
Parker, the daughter of an OU cheer coach, was arrested on complaints of prostitution, destruction of evidence, possession of a controlled substance, and illegally using access to computers. At the time of her arrest, she was on probation for DUI and driving with a suspended license. She also had an active warrant out for her arrest for probation violation.
During the course of their investigation, detectives determined that Parker was working under a pimp, who was later identified as former OU football player Lawrence "LJ" Moore, 22. Moore played one season with the Sooners in 2013. Police arrested Moore on complaints of aiding and abetting prostitution/lewdness, pandering, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and marijuana possession.
Oklahoma law prohibits soliciting prostitution and engaging in prostitution, which it defines as trading sex acts for anything of value. Both the person offering sexual services and the person offering something of value in exchange for sex are punished equally under the law.
Furthermore, state law prohibits "pandering," which many people refer to as "pimping." Any person who facilitates prostitution in exchange for a cut of the proceeds may be charged with pandering.
State law penalizes pandering under 21 O.S. § 1081:
Any person who shall procure any other person for prostitution, or who, by promise, threats, violence or by any device or scheme shall cause, induce, persuade or encourage another person to become a prostitute; or shall procure a place as inmate in a house of prostitution for another person; or who shall, by promise, threats, violence, or by any device or scheme cause, induce, persuade or encourage an inmate of a house of prostitution to remain therein as such inmate; or who shall, by fraud, or artifice, or by duress of person or goods, or by abuse of any position of confidence or authority procure any other person to become a prostitute, or to enter any place in which prostitution is encouraged or allowed within this state, or to come into this state or leave this state for the purpose of prostitution, or who shall procure any other person, who has not previously practiced prostitution to become a prostitute within this state, or to come into this state or leave this state for the purpose of prostitution; or shall receive or give or agree to receive or give any money or thing of value for procuring or attempting to procure any other person to become an inmate of a house of prostitution within this state, or to come into this state or leave this state for the purpose of prostitution, shall be guilty of pandering, and upon conviction for any offense under this article shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for a period of not less than two (2) years nor more than twenty (20) years and by fines as follows: a fine of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) and not more than Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00) upon the first conviction for such offense, a fine of not less than Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00) and not more than Six Thousand Dollars ($6,000.00) upon the second conviction, and a fine of not less than Six Thousand Dollars ($6,000.00) and not more than Nine Thousand Dollars ($9,000.00) for the third or subsequent convictions for such offense.
While engaging in prostitution and soliciting prostitution are misdemeanor offenses, pandering is a felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison. Learn more about Oklahoma prostitution laws or call 405-778-4800 to speak with a defense lawyer about your case.
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