North Texas woman sentenced after fleeing trial

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM

DALLAS (AP) -- A North Texas woman who fled her trial after being convicted of child sex trafficking and compelling prostitution has been sentenced in absentia to 25 years in prison.

The Dallas Morning News reports Jasmine Lanette Johnson was sentenced Monday after being convicted last week. Authorities continue to search for her.

After her conviction, the 22-year-old left a Dallas courtroom with permission during Friday's lunch break and never returned.

State District Judge Ernie White revoked Johnson's bond but let the trial continue.

Johnson was convicted of two charges of child sex trafficking and two charges of forcing into prostitution two 16-year-old girls who had run away from Child Protective Services.

Catherine Bernhard, Johnson's attorney, says she has not heard from her client, but declined to comment further.

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