Texas student arrested on human trafficking charge

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Posted on May 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

IRVING, Texas -- A 17-year-old Nimitz High School student was jailed Tuesday on a charge of human trafficking.

Irving police said Travis Lekas was arrested Monday after a 15-year-old Nimitz student told investigators she was allegedly held against her will under the influence of drugs and alcohol for three days.

Police allege that Lekas tried to recruit other girls from Nimitz and Bowie Middle School "into committing acts of prostitution."

In a written statement, Irving ISD Superintendent Dana Bedden said the district is treating the incident "very seriously," but will not share any additional details pending the police investigation.

"We will provide counseling and other support to any student who may be affected by this investigation. We will also keep our parents informed of the situation as more details are presented," Dr. Bedden said in the statement.

Lekas remains in custody on one count of human trafficking of a minor, one count of compelling prostitution, and one count of sexual performance by a child.

Bond was set at $175,000.

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