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'Gang member' pleads guilty to federal sex trafficking





'Gang member' pleads guilty to federal sex trafficking 'Gang member' pleads guilty to federal sex trafficking
  • Joshua Harring, also known as 'Maniack', plead guilty to sex trafficking charges 
  • He ran a prostitution ring with his girlfriend beginning in December 2015
  • At least three underage girls were victimized by Harring and his girlfriend
  • Harring initially evaded arrest by trying to hit police officers with his car
  • After he was apprehended, his girlfriend ran the ring from her upscale apartment complex before also being arrested
  • Harring plead guilty in exchange for a 22-year sentence in a federal prison 

A man who previously evaded arrest by trying to run over two police officers has pleaded guilty to federal sex trafficking.

Joshua Harring, also known as 'Maniack', was apprehended by Tulsa police in January 2016 when they were working a child prostitution sting at a Motel 6.

Harring, now 21, plead guilty to the charges of conspiracy, child sex trafficking violations, obstruction of justice, carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and drug trafficking crimes in exchange for a 22-year sentence in a federal prison.

 Joshua Harring, also known as 'Maniack', has plead guilty to federal sex trafficking charges

Joshua Harring, also known as 'Maniack', has plead guilty to federal sex trafficking charges

Harring was named as the leader of a prostitution ring that had ties to the 52 Red Mob Gang, a street gang in Tulsa, Fox 25 reported. 

'Maniack' was photographed in his mugshot sporting gang affiliation tattoos - with a red 5 and 2 on his cheeks and a teardrop below his right eye. 

At least three underage teens were victimized, and were contracted to perform commercial sex acts at a number of hotels in the Tulsa area.

Harring's girlfriend Morgan Palmer was later arrested in connection to the sex trafficking ring which began in December 2015, and it is believed that she continued the operation from her upscale apartment complex, The Enclave, after 'Maniack' was arrested.

 Harring's girlfriend Morgan Palmer was later arrested in connection to the sex trafficking ring which began in December 2015

Harring's girlfriend Morgan Palmer was later arrested in connection to the sex trafficking ring which began in December 2015

 It is believed that she continued the operation from her upscale apartment complex, The Enclave, after 'Maniack' was arrested

It is believed that she continued the operation from her upscale apartment complex, The Enclave, after 'Maniack' was arrested

Undercover police officers encountered a 16-year-old victim after responding to an advertisement on Backpage.com, which led them to Harring and Palmer. 

They were stationed at the Motel 6 on 81st and Skelley Drive when they tried to approach Harring, after seeing a young girl leave his car and enter the motel.

He then accelerating, hitting one of the officers, and drove away, ABC 8 reported.

 Joshua Harrin was apprehended by Tulsa police in January 2016 when they were working a child prostitution sting at a Motel 6

Joshua Harrin was apprehended by Tulsa police in January 2016 when they were working a child prostitution sting at a Motel 6

 He evaded arrest twice by attempting to hit officers with his car, but was finally apprehended at the Lakeside Place apartment complex

He evaded arrest twice by attempting to hit officers with his car, but was finally apprehended at the Lakeside Place apartment complex

He was discovered thirty minutes later at the Vista Shadow Mountain Apartments near 60th and Memorial in South Tulsa - and again tried to drive into the officers on the scene, and escaped once more.

Harring was finally apprehended several hours later after responding to a domestic call at the Lakeside Place apartment complex, where they found his vehicle abandoned.

He was the sixth person to admit guilt in the case, and authorities claim many of the additional guilty parties also had ties to the 52 Red Mob Gang. 


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