Woman pleads guilty to trafficking minor family member to former police chief

Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

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Charleston, West Virginia: In a press release dated September 15, 2021, acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston announced that 28-year-old Kristen Naylor-Legg has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor under the age of 18.

 

On two separate occasions in June 2020 Naylor-Legg trafficked a 17-year-old family member to then Gauley Bridge Chief of Police, and employee of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department Larry Allen Clay, Jr.

 

Clay allegedly paid Naylor-Legg $100 after the first assault and had allegedly agreed to pay $50 after the second, but ultimately never handed over the money.

 

According to the press release announcing the charges against Naylor-Legg and Clay, Naylor-Legg was present during both assaults, and Clay was wearing his Gauley Bridge police uniform during one of the assaults.

 

Investigators were able to recover DNA evidence from the scene of the second assault which allegedly took place inside the old Gauley Bridge High School in a location that only select people could access, including the Gauley Bridge Police Department.

 

Naylor-Legg is facing the possibility of 10 years to life in prison when she is sentenced on December 9, 2021. She will additionally be required to register as a sex offender.

 

Clay has been charged with conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor via coercion and sex trafficking of a minor via coercion. His trial is scheduled for November 9, 2021.

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