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|Atlanta drag personality, go-go dancer indicted on human trafficking charges|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|April 01, 2011 12:52|
Atlanta drag personality Pasha Nicole and go-go dancer Steven Lemery were indicted by the Douglas County grand jury this morning on charges from aggravated child molestation and human trafficking.
Douglas County DA David McDade told the GA Voice today that Christopher Lynch — who is known as drag personality Pasha Nicole in Atlanta — as well as Lemery were indicted today. Lemery danced at gay bar BJ Roosters in Atlanta under the name Steven Lang.
A total of 18 indictments were handed down against Lynch and Lemery. The two remain in jail and the next step is an arraignment for the two in 30 to 60 days when they will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty, McDade said. The two are accused of keeping minors in Lemery’s home against their will and forced to commit sex acts.
“This conduct is not typical in this community but it is illegal and especially when it involves minors we take this very seriously,” McDade said today.
McDade declined comment on whether or not other people in Atlanta were being investigated, but did say, “the investigation is ongoing.”
The investigation into trafficking and child sex abuse against Lemery began after a minor in Alabama was taken to the hospital for injuries.
“He had been taken to seek medical attention and based on the injuries the medical facility contacted law enforcement which led back to Douglasville,” McDade said.
According to the indictment from the Douglas County DA, Lemery was indicted for aggravated child molestation when he allegedly performed oral sex on a male under the age of 16 between Jan. 1, 2008 and Feb. 4, 2008.
Lynch was also indicted with the offense of sexual exploitation of children between Aug. 13, 2010, and Oct. 1, 2010. "[Lynch] did knowingly use a minor ... a person under the age of 18 years, to engage in sexually explicit conduct, to wit: lewd exhibition of the genitals, for the purpose of producing a visual medium depicting such conduct," the indictment states.
Lemery was also indicted for pandering by compulsion between Dec. 28, 2010, and Jan. 19, 2011, by coercing a minor to perform an act of prostitution. He also faces an indictment of human trafficking for harboring a male "for the purpose of sexual servitude" between Nov. 13, 2010, and Jan. 22, 2011.
Lynch also faces an indictment for possession of a glass pipe used for smoking cocaine. The pipe was found on or about March 4, 2011 — the day Lynch was arrested by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office after being spotted on a local TV station as Pasha Nicole and speaking out how she helped police in the investigation against her housemate, Lemery. An alleged victim saw Pasha Nicole on TV and called law enforcement to report they had been abused by Nicole.
"There were statements made by Mr. Lynch to a local new station about how he was cooperating. Other people I would call victims saw the report and called to say we didn't have the whole story and that the rest of the story involves Mr. Lynch," said McDade.
Top photo: Christopher Lynch, also known as Pasha Nicole, indicted by the Douglas County grand jury on charges from aggravated child molestation and human trafficking. (Photo via Douglas County Sheriff's Office)
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