More charges are likely against three people accused in a human trafficking and underage sex case, a police officer testified Wednesday.
Bowling Green Police Department Sgt. Brian Harrell said it is also likely that additional suspects could be charged.
Harrell testified at a preliminary hearing in Warren District Court against three people arrested last week following an investigation into claims from a 13-year-old girl who said an adult female relative received money from a man who paid to engage in sexual activities with the girl.
Rose Marie Woolbright, 30, 1415 N. Sunrise Drive, Apt. 1, has been charged with human trafficking, first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor (illegal sex act with someone younger than 16) and second-degree sodomy. This is the first time that the state has used the human trafficking charge against someone in Warren County.
Chad Wayne Simmons, 37, 333 Fairview Boiling Springs Road, is charged with two counts of second-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor (illegal sex act with someone younger than 16).
Pedro Lopez-Diaz, 28, of 1029 Shive Lane,
is charged with second-degree rape.
Woolbright is accused of allowing Simmons and Lopez-Diaz to engage in sexual activity with the girl, who court records identify as Woolbright’s relative.
Warren District Judge John Brown bound both cases over to a grand jury and declined to modify either bond.
Woolbright and Simmons are in Warren County Regional Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bonds. Lopez-Diaz is in jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond.
Harrell, who is supervising the detectives leading the investigation, testified that the case came to the attention of police Oct. 17 when the 13-year-old’s mother took the girl to The Medical Center after the girl complained of soreness in her genitalia.
During the hospital visit, the girl disclosed that she had been involved in sexual activity and named Lopez-Diaz, which resulted in police being contacted, Harrell said.
The girl was interviewed Oct. 25 at the Barren River Child Advocacy Center, and she said she traveled with Woolbright and Lopez-Diaz in a purple truck to Lopez-Diaz’s apartment in the Willow Creek complex, according to court testimony.
While there, Lopez-Diaz had sex with the girl in a closet, Harrell said.
“After this, they drove until they returned to Ms. Woolbright’s apartment,” Harrell said.
Woolbright was interviewed twice by police and stated that she also performed sexual acts on the teen with Lopez-Diaz, according to court records.
“(Woolbright) admitted to participating in sexual acts with the juvenile victim and Pedro gave Rose and the victim money,” Harrell said.
He testified that Lopez-Diaz paid $20 to Woolbright and $5 to the victim.
Woolbright stated in court records that this particular incident occurred July 28 and mentioned that Lopez-Diaz recorded the incident on video.
Harrell said police have seized a laptop computer, photo CDs, a camcorder, bedding, mattress tops and carpet cuttings from Lopez-Diaz’s apartment.
Woolbright also disclosed Simmons’ alleged involvement during an Oct. 25 interview with police, saying that she witnessed Simmons perform a sexual act on the victim on separate occasions at Woolbright’s North Sunrise Drive apartment.
“Woolbright explained that these events occurred in her living room,” Harrell said.
When police contacted Simmons, police say he admitted to the acts and said they occurred around Oct. 9. “Simmons claimed to be threatened by Woolbright,” Harrell said.
Lopez-Diaz confirmed that he lived at Willow Creek apartments when police contacted him over the phone, but provided no further detail, according to Harrell’s testimony.
The purple truck described by the victim was found behind a residence on 12th Avenue. Harrell said Lopez-Diaz had access to the truck through a work crew that he was part of.
During cross-examination, Harrell said he was not aware of any forensic rape kit performed on the teen and that it is unknown whether video footage exists of the sexual encounter Woolbright said was recorded.
“We seized a lot of computers, video cameras and CDs,” Harrell said. “We are still processing them.”