Clarksville man accused of trafficking teenager for commercial sex

Courtesy: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Clarksville police arrested a man for his involvement in the sex trafficking of a teenager.

Jason Carpenter, 43, was booked into the Montgomery County jail on charges of patronizing prostitution by purchasing a teenager for the purpose of providing a commercial sex act.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told News 2 this is still an active investigation, and the agency isn’t in a position to speak on the charges right now.

Kiersten Napodano, 22, is also named in the court records News 2 obtained. She was arrested earlier this month.

In this case, Napodano is accused of recruiting, enticing, harboring and transporting the victim.

News 2 spoke with End Slavery Tennessee to find out how common it is for women to become perpetrators in human trafficking cases.

“It is very common for someone who is that young, some one who has had charges like that previously, they could have been trafficked themselves,” explained Jennifer Settle, the director of case management for End Slavery Tennessee.

Napodano was also arrested in June for prostitution.

After receiving information from the National Human Trafficking hotline, the TBI began investigating Michael Helton. The TBI says Helton, an unregistered sex offender, trafficked the 17-year-old victim to a Clarksville hotel.

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and the Child Advocacy Center are caring for the victim.

News 2 is committed to tracking crime across Middle Tennessee. Visit wkrn.com/crimetracker for more coverage.

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