3 charged with molestation, human trafficking
by Wes Mayer
Two men and a woman were charged with multiple sexual crimes following an investigation by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office into a suspected prostitution operation.
The investigation first began on Aug. 25, when the sheriff’s office received calls of suspicious activity at the Home Lodge on 1344 Highway 29 South, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough. The sheriff’s office received multiple tips about a young girl going from room to room and collecting money from men staying there.
According to Yarbrough, the investigation discovered a prostitution operation at the motel that involved a 15-year-old girl. Investigators were able to detain the girl, who had been a runaway, and she cooperated with authorities. The girl helped identify a female prostitute and the two male pimps who ran the operation, according to Yarbrough.
Jennifer Lynn McQuaid, said to be a 20-year-old prostitute, was the first to be arrested on Oct. 5. According to Yarbrough, McQuaid also cooperated and helped identify the two pimps, Derrick Leon Holloway, 27, and Lavaris Cisco Clark, 32, who were arrested Oct. 8.
During the investigation, it was discovered McQuaid, Holloway and Clark attempted to turn the 15-year-old girl into a prostitute, Yarbrough said. This involved having sex with the girl, and all three participated.
Both Holloway and Clark have been charged with felonies for child molestation, aggravated child molestation and trafficking a person for sexual services. McQuaid was not charged for trafficking, but was charged with child molestation and aggravated child molestation.
The 15-year-old girl is currently with the Coweta County Department of Family and Children Services.