Jemison woman sentenced for role in prostitution ring
By Neal Wagner | Shelby County Reporter
A 22-year-old Jemison woman will spend the next year in prison, and must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life after she pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree promoting prostitution on Nov. 18.
Brittany Michelle Pruitt, who lists an address on Chilton County 42 in Jemison, entered the pleas during a hearing in the Shelby County Courthouse, and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves.
Through a plea deal, Pruitt’s original 10-year prison sentence for each count of promoting prostitution was reduced to one year in the Alabama Penitentiary and five years of supervised probation after her release from prison.
The two sentences will run concurrently, and Pruitt received credit for 64 days of jail time served before she was sentenced.
Reeves did not order Pruitt to pay a fee in the cases, but she will be required to complete a sex offender intervention program through the Alabama Department of Corrections, must avoid contact with the victims in the case and will be required to register as a sex offender once she is released from prison.
Pruitt was arrested by the Pelham Police Department in April 2012 in connection with a prostitution ring involving girls younger than 16.
Officers responded to a call reporting possible incidents of prostitution at a Pelham mobile home park late on the night of April 20, said Pelham Lt. Pete Folmar.
When officers arrived at the scene, they interviewed witnesses and determined Pruitt was involved in prostituting multiple girls, some of whom were younger than 16, Folmar said.
Pruitt originally was arrested on two charges of first-degree promoting prostitution and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. The sexual abuse charge came after one of the juvenile victims in the case reported Pruitt “basically forced herself on her,” Folmar said.
Pruitt’s sexual abuse charge was dismissed as part of her plea agreement.
Wilsonville resident Chelsea Marie Joiner also was arrested and charged with five counts of first-degree promoting prostitution in connection with the case.
Joiner’s trial is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. on May 9, 2014, according to court records.