RICHMOND, Va. — A Richmond man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor and sex trafficking of children.
Stephen T. Callis, 47, must register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.
Callis, posing as a 15-year-old girl, used the KIK Messenger app to meet and then chat with a Chesterfield high school student.
Pretending to the girl, Callis convinced the high school student to have sex with older men — for money.
He then used his fake persona — “Kayla” — to introduce the child to a man named “Mark.” Mark, was also Callis.
“Callis and the juvenile then engaged in sexual conversations via KIK Messenger. The juvenile and Callis arranged to meet for the first time in approximately November 2014,” prosecutors said. “Callis rented a hotel room for their first meeting and paid the juvenile $60 for sexual services.”
Callis and the girl had sex at the hotel room approximately seven times, five times Callis paid her, prosecutors said.
“Callis was aware that the juvenile was a minor, and he picked the juvenile up from high school several times,” prosecutors added. “Throughout this time, Callis and the juvenile continued to engage in sexual conversations via KIK Messenger, and the juvenile sent Callis naked pictures via KIK Messenger.”
Callis faced a life prison sentence for his crime. In addition to registering as a sex offender, Callis was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release.