Man And Woman Arrested For Human Trafficking

Julia Celia Walsh (left) and David Ronald Mims (Jail photos)
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WACO (June 4, 2013)—A man and a woman who police say lured a run-away Waco girl into a prostitution scheme have been arrested in Mobile, Alabama on the charge.

David Ronald Mims, 39, of Tyler, and Julia Celia Walsh, 20, of Grapevine, were listed Tuesday as in custody in the Mobile County Jail on Tuesday morning.

Information about their specific charges and bonds was not available.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said the pair was arrested on warrants obtained by Waco police after a teenage girl reported she had been forced into prostitution by a man and a woman who took her in after she ran away from the Waco Center for Youth in August 2012.

Swanton said police were called by the girl’s father who reported the incident.

Investigators learned the teenage girl met the victims after she left the youth facility and stayed with them both in Waco and at a location in Bellmead.

The girl said she was threatened with harm if she tried to get away

Later the girl reported she was taken to Corpus Christi, where after a time she was able to call a boyfriend in San Antonio, who went to Corpus Christi to get her.

After police interviewed her they identified two suspects in the incident and obtained a warrant for them.

Members of the Gulf Coast Regional Task Force, of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, located Mims and Walsh in Alabama and arrested them, where they remain in custody awaiting extradition back to McLennan County, Swanton said.

David Ronald Mims (Jail photo)
Julia Celia Walsh (Jail photo)