Three Louisville residents plead guilty to human trafficking charges

Trio pleaded guilty to incidents involving two runaway teens, sentenced to five years

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Friday three Louisville residents, Nigel Nicholas, 54, Abigail Varney, 26, and Quentin Burris, 29, pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Circuit Court to charges related to human trafficking involving two runaway minors.

Nicholas pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting prostitution, a Class D Felony. Varney pleaded guilty to promoting human trafficking, a Class D Felony, distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, a Class D Felony, and possession/viewing of matter portraying sexual performance of a minor, a Class D Felony. Burris pleaded guilty to promoting human trafficking, a Class D Felony.

Nicholas, Varney, and Burris were arrested on human trafficking and sexual abuse charges in October 2018. On October 29, 2021, Judge Mitch Perry sentenced each of the three to serve five years in state prison.

Detective Rick Lynn of the Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations investigated the case along with assistance from the Cabinet for Health & Human Services, Department for Community Based Services, the Special Victims Unit of Louisville Metro Police Department, University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, U.S. Marshals in Kentucky and Texas, and the Home Incarceration Program of Louisville Metro Corrections.

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