New details emerged Thursday in the alleged gang prostitution of a 15-year-old advertised on an online classified ad site.
Asialeena Sapp, 26, is accused of paying for area motel rooms where the girl was forced to have sex for money in the last three months of 2012, said prosecutor Larissa Olliverre at a hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.
“She never asked to do any of this,” Olliverre said. “They profited from her, selling her body to strangers.”
Sapp’s attorney, Brett Steger, requested a bond on her behalf, saying Sapp disputes having any affiliation with the Money Over Everything gang or that she rented the rooms for prostitution.
Steger said Sapp was living at the motels because she was otherwise homeless.
“Miss Sapp is not involved in any way in this,” he said.
He said the girl approached Sapp multiple times about the prostitution, and she responded that the girl was “too young.”
Six people, including Sapp’s brother, the gang’s alleged leader, have been charged in the case.
Sapp’s mother, 47-year-old Jerryetta Sapp, pleaded guilty to pandering and violating the state’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. She was sentenced as a first offender to 180 days in a detention center and 10 years on probation.
Asialeena Sapp is charged with pandering, violating the gang act, keeping a place of prostitution for someone under 18 and prostitution.
In her argument against a bond, Olliverre said authorities have evidence Sapp is a gang member and that she helped set up the backpage.com posting advertising the girl for sex.
Sapp also had a posting on the page advertising herself as a prostitute, Olliverre said.
She rented multiple rooms at area motels so the girl and other alleged prostitutes could have a room to “work” and another to use for storing clothing, Olliverre said.
Steger said the girl was “instrumental” in setting up the backpage.com post but later said “I don’t want to do it anymore.”
Sapp is on probation as part of a voluntary manslaughter case in Jones County. She is described as a “model probationer,” he said.
Sapp is the mother of an 8-month-old child and has been in jail since July 30, 2014.
“We’re hoping to get her reunited with her child,” Steger said. “With a toddler or an infant, the sooner the better.”
At the conclusion of the hearing, the judge denied bond.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.