Crime

Update: Three women plead not guilty to prostitution

Sarah Robinson

srobinson@ledger-enquirer.com

Erika Yolanda Elias
Erika Yolanda Elias

Update: Tamerio Lakessa Brown of Columbus, Victoria Thomas and Erika Yolanda Elias pleaded not guilty to all their individual charges this afternoon in Columbus Recorder's Court. They waived their preliminary hearings to State Court.

Judge Mary Buckner ordered all three women to return to the Muscogee County Jail with a $250 bond on each charge.

Original Story: Three women were arrested in the area of 25th Street Saturday evening after allegedly offering have sex for money in Columbus, according to jail records.

Tamerio Lakessa Brown, Victoria Thomas and Erika Yolanda Elias were taken into custody between 5:22 and 6:10 p.m. Saturday and charged prostitution. They were booked into the Muscogee County Jail.

Thomas also was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, while Elias faces two additional charges of possession and use of a drug-related object and obstruction of an officer.

This is the second time within the last two months that Elias has been accused of prostitution. She was arrested on a prostitution charge in late November after she allegedly exposed her chest to an undercover officer and offered to perform sex for $30.

Police said they found a glass smoking device in her purse during the November arrest, which led to an additional charge of possession of a drug-related object. 

— Sarah is a crime & safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.

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