Ex-stripper convicted of trafficking teen boys

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Steven Douglas Lemery

A former gay stripper has been convicted of trafficking male teenagers as prostitutes in Atlanta.

A jury in Douglas County, Ga., has convicted Steven Douglas Lemery, 38, of human trafficking, aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and pandering by compulsion.

Lemery will be sentenced later. He faces up to life in prison.

Lemery worked as a stripper in Atlanta, where he contacted male teenagers via Facebook and MySpace, tricked them into going to his home and then forced them into prostitution.

Earlier this year, a Georgia judge sentenced a drag queen performer to at least 14 years in prison in connection to the human trafficking operation and for sexual exploitation of a child.

Judge David Emerson sentenced Christopher Thomas Lynch, who is known on stage as Pasha Nicole, to 30 years with 14 of the term to be served in prison.

Lynch pleaded guilty on March 7 to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of pimping a victim under the age of 18 and one count of pandering by compulsion.

Lemery and Lynch were roommates.

Lemery was arrested first and, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lynch initially took credit for helping investigators solve the case, but a victim who saw Lynch on a news broadcast identified the alleged hero as an actual participant in the crimes.

Authorities said most of the victims were runaways from Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.

The investigation into involved the Human Trafficking Unit of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney’s office.