Former prison guard, ex-con face charges in sex trafficking of minors

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May 6 arraignments are set for a former prison guard and her ex-con boyfriend who are accused of sex trafficking both a minor boy and girl, according to U.S. District Court filings today and late Tuesday.

Poshauntamarin Walker and Rasul Abernathy -- both of whom lived in North Versailles before moving to Chester County last year -- already faced federal charges of sex trafficking of a 16-year-old girl and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking.

A federal grand jury Tuesday handed down a superseding indictment adding a male victim, born in 1995, who the two are accused of peddling from December 2012 through March 2013.

Ms. Walker, who was 33 at the time of her initial January indictment, was previously an officer at the State Correctional Institution Greensburg.

Abernathy, who was 32, has been convicted of drug offenses.

They were arrested in Philadelphia and are being prosecuted in Pittsburgh.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.


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