Wednesday, September 12, 2018

No Bond For Alleged Sex Trafficker

A woman accused of creating child porn and promoting prostitution in Jackson will remain behind bars after Hinds County Court Judge Bill Skinner denied her bond. The arrest warrant states that Kayla Ponder worked with several other suspects to run a prostitution and sex trafficking ring at the Extended Studio Hotel off of Fortification Street.  Ponder was also arrested in July for conspiring to smuggle drugs and a cellphone into the Raymond Detention Center.

The  affidavits for Ponder's arrest warrant provide some information on the crimes allegedly committed by the defendant.  The affidavit for the charge of  exploitation of a child and child pornography states:

Between the l day of May 2017 and the 10 day of June 2018 within the Judicial District, County and State aforesaid did intentionally, knowingly, willfully, unlawfully, and feloniously at 881 E. River Place and multiple other locations by any means including computer, photographed, filmed, videotaped or otherwise depicted or record a child engaging in sexually explicit conduct or in the simulation of sexually explicit conduct. Ponder also by any means including computer, knowingly sent, transported, transmitted, shipped, mailed or received any photograph, drawing, sketch, film, video tape or other visual depiction of an actual child engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Ponder also by any means including computer, knowingly possessed or knowingly accessed with intent to view any photograph, drawing, sketch, film, video tape or other visual depiction of an actual child engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Ponder also by any means, including computer, knowingly enticed, induced, persuaded, seduced, solicited, advised, coerced or ordered a child to produce any visual depiction of adult sexual conduct or any sexually explicit conduct. in violation of Mississippi Code Section 97-5-33 in violation of Mississippi Code Section 97-3-65
against the peace and dignity of the State of Mississippi.
Another affidavit charges Ponder with using a room at the Extended Studio Hotel (at the East end of Fortification Street) to promote prostitution.

Judge Skinner set bond at $500,000 for Ponder's alleged accomplice, Angela Berch. He placed her on ankle-bracelet monitoring if is released upon posting bond.   Berch is a resident of Magee.   She is charged with promoting prostitution, involuntary human trafficking, and child endangerment.

But wait, there is more.   Ponder and Anna Barrett were busted for conspiring with Albert Holly to smuggle drugs and a cellphone into the Raymond Detention Center.   The affidavit states the drug was spice.  However, another affidavit alleges Holly worked with Ponder to run the sex trafficking ring at Extended Studio.   The affidavit charges Holly with possession of child pornography and exploitation of a minor, and promoting prostitution.  Holly was indicted last year for receiving stolen property.  He was an inmate at RDC when the pair were arrested on July 26.

The arrest warrant also states that Barrett allegedly promoted prostitution at the Extended Stay Hotel as well. 

Kingfish note: It's hard to keep the charges straight so here is the nutshell version:

Promoting Prostitution: All four defendants
Creating/Manufacturing Child Porn: Berch, Ponder, Holly
Human Trafficking: Berch, Ponder, Holly
Child Endangerment:  Berch
Exploitation of a Child: Ponder, Holly, Berch
Conspiring to introduce contraband, drugs into correctional facility: Ponder, Holly, Barrett

Arrest Warrants and Affidavits Posted Below

Kayla Ponder: p.1
Albert Holly: p.17
Anna Barrett: p.31


Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or does anyone else think someone that looks like Angela Berch would stick out like a sore thumb in and around the Fortification area they are talking about?

Anonymous said...

What website do you use to obtain these mug shots? Great reporting!

Anonymous said...

Magee most outstanding citizens.

Anonymous said...

Scum. Throw away the key.

Anonymous said...

Sex trafficking? I wouldn’t describe this one as rush hour. More like one car skidding off Lakeland in the rain at 3am

Anonymous said...

It appears Kayla Reanne spent all her ill-gotten gains on cheeseburgers, Krispy Kremes and Fudgsicles. At least when she goes to the state pen she can look forward to the night they serve corn dogs and french fries.

Do they make orange jumpsuits in size quad-XL, extra husky?

Anonymous said...

Quick thinking redacting all those socials. Could be embarrassing for them if others saw those numbers.

Anonymous said...

This hotel should be shut down! Why can't we start to hold the owners responsible? It is another Indian owned property. Between the convenient stores/ head shops and the hourly motels, they are a cancer in our inner citu.

Anonymous said...

I wonder who's taking over the business. The folks that use these kind of services, still need service.

Anonymous said...

@10:30 Hinds County Inmates via Facebook

Anonymous said...

There is a special place in hell for anyone who hurts children, IMHO. Do not care for many of the above posts at all. Sick as the ones in the mug shots. As far as "that area" goes several non-profits are located beyond there and I don't believe you hate them, do you?

Businesses can lose their licenses to operate if they harbor crime regardless of the race or origin of the owners. You can file a complaint but not anonymously.

Anonymous said...

5:19 - Wise up. The non-profits you speak of are enablers. Nothing less....nothing more.

Kingfish said...

Not rumors but info learned from LEO sources. Not going to compromise an investigation or prosecution. Just keep it in the back of your head as this case moves forward. More will be published as it is released.

As for US Marshals, US Marshals pick up fugitives all the time for local law enforcement.

Anonymous said...

I don't agree what so ever with what they did. But seriously? some of the comments in particular @11:59a.m. Your biggest negative comment is about someone's weight? How bout you come up with an intelligent remark instead of relying on 3rd grade wisdom.

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