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Woman to plead guilty in underage prostitution case

April 25th, 2014 6:45 pm by Matthew Lane

Woman to plead guilty in underage prostitution case

Tracy Lynn Marziani

GREENEVILLE — A Bristol, Va., woman who drove two underage girls across state lines to have sex with construction workers has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to the crime.

Tracy Lynn Marziani of Bristol, Va., and Jerry Johnson and Mellisa Roper — both of Johnson City — were indicted in U.S. District Court in Greeneville in October 2013. The three-count indictment charges the trio with conspiracy, inducing and transporting minors across state lines for prostitution.

Marziani agreed to plead guilty earlier this month to the conspiracy charge and is scheduled to be sentenced in July. She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A June 25 trial date has been set for Johnson and Roper.

According to the plea agreement, Johnson drove Roper to a Motel 6 in Johnson City on June 18, 2013, where Roper introduced herself to some construction workers who were temporarily housed there. Prosecutors say Roper "chatted up" the workers and promised to bring them some girls a few days later to "party" with.

On June 21, Marziani and Johnson met one of the female teens at Marziani's apartment in Bristol, Va., then the three drove to a local fast food restaurant, where they met another female teen.

Court records state all four then went to Roper's home in Johnson City, along the way advising the two teens about prostitution, what rates to charge and explained how Johnson was allegedly a pimp.

Prosecutors then say Johnson then drove the teens to the Motel 6, introducing them to the construction workers, who in turn provided the girls with alcohol and marijuana.

According to the plea agreement, Marziani arranged for one of the two girls to perform oral sex on one of the construction workers for $100. Marzianai received a portion of the $100, court records state.

Johnson City police arrived at the Motel 6 after midnight and arrested Marziani.

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