Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Katina Powell, Andre McGee Face Possible Criminal Probe for Human Trafficking

Katina Powell, the escort who co-authored Breaking Cardinals Rules, could face criminal charges for human trafficking or complicity to rape if it is proven that she used her underage daughters in prostitution.

In the book Powell claims her daughters (ages 15 and 17) joined her in the escort business.

Former Louisville staffer Andre McGee could also face charges as an accomplice.

Here are details from the Courier-Journal:

Katina Powell could be prosecuted for human trafficking or complicity to rape if there is evidence corroborating her story that she used her two underage daughters as prostitutes for University of Louisville basketball players and recruits, attorneys say.

Powell writes in her book “Breaking Cardinal Rules” that her two younger daughters were 15 and 17 when she allegedly began supplying them and other women to entertain prospects and players.

While her written admissions alone wouldn’t subject her to charges, Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine said this week that if his office receives “credible evidence of … criminal activity involving minor children, we will vigorously prosecute those responsible for those crimes.”

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Cooke, the office's spokesman, said Andre McGee, the team’s former director of operations whom Powell says paid her, also could potentially be prosecuted as an accomplice.

Another important piece of the criminal investigation is that a grand jury could subpoena players and recruits and force them to testify:

If the scandal is investigated as a crime, says attorney Kent Wicker, a former federal prosecutor, a grand jury could subpoena players and recruits and force them to testify and demand copies of interviews and other records compiled by consultant Chuck Smrt, a former NCAA enforcement officer hired by U of L to investigate Powell’s allegations.

“A grand jury can investigate any way it wants to investigate,” said defense lawyer Brian Butler, who prosecuted cases in state and federal court.

A criminal prosecution also would add to the adverse publicity to which the university already has been subjected, said Frank Mascagni, another criminal lawyer.

“It is not a good thing for the university or basketball team if felonies were committed in its dormitory,” Wicker said.

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