A Houston teen who calls herself “Bones Marie” was arrested after bragging on Facebook about selling a 14-year-old runaway for sex to 26 men, and talking about how she doesn’t mind facing life in prison.
Denise Marie Coronado, only 19-years-old, appeared before a judge, where she was forced to face prosecutors, who showed Facebook posts and pictures of Coronado admitting to her crimes.
The Houston Chronicle reported Assistant District Attorney JoAnne Musick told a court in the city, “It’s alleged that the runaway, a 14-year-old, was abducted. She had multiple men brought in to have sex with her while her captors collected the money.”
Coronado appeared in her orange prison uniform and was not allowed to speak.
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The Houston Chronicle reported Assistant District Attorney JoAnne Musick told a court in the city: ‘It’s alleged that the runaway, a 14-year-old, was abducted. She had multiple men brought in to have sex with her while her captors collected the money.’
Coronado has previous convictions for possession of marijuana and assaulting a relative, so state District Judge Nikita Harmon raised her bail from $30,000 to $100,000. As she was unable to raise it, she remains in the county jail.
Ruben Perez, the chief of the district attorney’s special crimes division, said: ‘We’re not going to tolerate human traffickers, pimps or pimpettes enslaving our kids, enslaving our people in our county.
‘We have a cadre of lawyers willing to prosecute these people and we’re ready.’
Coronado, who appeared in an orange jail uniform, did not speak during the hearing in a Harris County courtroom.
Ms Musick said the was abducted and taken to a house where she was raped while Coronado watched.
She was then taken to a motel and photographed, semi-naked, and the photographs were posted on Backpage.com, a website which has been accused in the past of turning a blind eye to prostitution.
Prosecutors said she was threatened and burned with a cigarette and was forced to have sex with 26 men before she escaped a week later.
She obtained a cell phone and sent a Facebook message to a family member, who tipped off the police, who found her by tracking the phone.
But Coronado’s lawyer, Joe David Wells, questioned her account and said: ‘If this young girl is actually being held against her will, why was she allowed access to a telephone and able to get on Facebook?’
He claimed Coronado had been coerced and added: ‘I have a feeling that, in the end, there might be two victims here and not just one. Remember, my client is a teenager, also.’