Oakdale, Minn., school worker accused of luring vulnerable female into prostitution
An Oakdale substitute school worker stands accused of soliciting a vulnerable female for prostitution and using her to traffic sex.
Tameishia LeeAnn Allen-Hodges, 23, made her first appearance in Washington County District Court Aug. 17 on one count of soliciting or inducing an individual to practice prostitution and one count of engaging in sex trafficking.
According to a criminal complaint:
Oakdale police received a report April 25 from a North St. Paul school resource officer who said a student at Next Step Transition Program had made a complaint against a substitute school staff member. The alleged victim, said the staffer had convinced her to pose nude for photos posted on a website.
Police later identified the staffer as Allen-Hodges.
In an interview with police, the woman - whose functional capability was estimated to be that of a first- or second-grader - said she met Allen-Hodges at the school during a break. The alleged victim said Allen-Hodges asked her if she wanted to make some extra money by coming to her residence and performing massages.
Allen-Hodges drove the vulnerable adult to her Oakdale apartment on Friday, April 22, when she informed the alleged victim that she could make extra money by performing sex acts on massage customers. The 21-year-old told police the prospect made her feel uncomfortable.
She later posed for photos taken by Allen-Hodges, which were later posted on a website that listed the alleged victim's cell phone number.
At one point, the woman was left alone in the apartment with a group of people while Allen-Hodges went into a bedroom with a customer.
The woman told police she did not give any massages or engage in sexual activity at the apartment, but said she continued to receive calls on her cell phone after leaving the residence.
She reported the incident to a school social worker the following Monday.
Police interviewed Allen-Hodges at her Oakdale apartment, where she initially denied having taken photos of the woman. She brought out the cell phone she allegedly used to shoot the photos, but an investigator watched her pressing buttons on the phone as she produced it.
When the investigator told her to stop pressing buttons, Allen-Hodges put the phone on the ground and stomped on it.
She later admitted to shooting photos of the 21-year-old in lingerie and posting the pictures on a website.
Investigators later discovered seven images of the woman wearing suggestive clothing on Allen-Hodges' cell phone.
Allen-Hodges returns to court Sept. 1.