Teenage girl pimp gets three years

The Ottawa courthouse on Elgin Street in Ottawa. (QMI Agency file photo)

The Ottawa courthouse on Elgin Street in Ottawa. (QMI Agency file photo)

Tony Spears, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:41 PM ET

OTTAWA -- A teen pimp was sentenced to three years Monday for sexually exploiting girls as young as 13 years old.

With time served, she has a little over seven months left to serve.

But the girl, 17, was not always a violent predator.

Those who knew her before charges were laid in the 2012 sex crimes describe a bright, warm, caring teen.

This is the story of how a girl became a pimp.

When she was 12, her parents separated.

She vividly recalled her father, in the buff, chasing her mother outside the home to rescue his cellphone from his suspicious wife.

They moved to a lower-income part of town. Her father told the author of a December pre-sentence report she started spending time with "project people."

Though she also volunteered as a side-walker -- helping children with disabilities ride horses -- she told the author she also began to "go to bed late, sleep in, talk on the phone, Facebook and be at home," while her permissive mother struggled with depression.

In January 2012, just before the pimping took place, her maternal grandmother died.

It was "the saddest thing in her life," the teen told the report's author.

A school vice-principal said the girl's 85% average in the first semester of Grade 9 plunged as she stopped going to classes.

The girl -- who was valedictorian in Grade 7 and spent time babysitting, volunteering and cheering her ailing grandmother -- had become a pot-smoking truant and a sexual predator.

"(I) was naive to the situation in the beginning," she told the report's author.

"It was happening right in front of my eyes and I didn't even know."

At least, her father noted, she had never given "her body to boys" -- though she had shown no such concerns for the bodies of her girl victims.


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