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5 nabbed in human-trafficking bust involving ‘sexual services,’ Fayetteville police say

(Source: CBS North Carolina) (Source: CBS North Carolina)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Five people in the Fayetteville area were arrested after police said they were involved in human trafficking involving sexual services.

Fayetteville police announced the five arrests on Monday night after learning “sexual services of several victims (were) posted on webpages,” officials said in a news release.

The investigation into the case dates back to March of this year, police said.

The suspects are all under age 24, except for a 45-year-old woman, Shirley Weatherholt-Becker.

All but one suspect, Kelly Brooke Morrison, 23, who is charged with child abuse, are being held on $100,000 bonds each.

“During the course of the investigation detectives developed information indicating the promotion and advertisement of sexual services of several victims posted on webpages,” police said in the news release.

“The investigation revealed the victims were coerced and forced to engage in these activities through fear of physical violence,” police added.

Those arrested and their charges are:

Shirley Weatherholt-Becker, 45, of the 5600 block of Camden Road in Fayetteville, has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit human trafficking – adult victim.

Stanley Dwayne Olaf Koberger, 24, of the 100 block of Alan Parker Circle in Spring Lake, has been charged with human trafficking – adult victim and felony conspiracy to commit human trafficking – adult victim.

Kelly Brooke Morrison, 23, of the 5400 block of Jackson Street in Hope Mills, has been charged with felony negligent child abuse – serious physical injury. Morrison received a $50,000 secured bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Jeremy Shane Gentry Jr., 22, listed as homeless, has been charged with felony promotion of prostitution, felony conspiracy to commit human trafficking – adult victim, felony conspiracy to commit negligent child abuse – serious physical injury.

Jonathan Michael Becker, 19, of the 7500 block of Branchwood Circle in Fayetteville, has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit human trafficking – adult victim.

No other information was released by police.

If you, or you believe someone you know, is or has been the victim of human trafficking you are asked to contact Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department by calling 910-433-1885 or Fayetteville / Cumberland County Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).

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