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Youngsville man: 15-year-old said she was 20

Posted August 12, 2013

A 49-year-old Youngsville man told a judge Monday that the teen he is accused of pimping from an Econo Lodge Motel told him she was 20. 

Jeffrey Michael Botellio, of 101 Beachwood Drive, is charged with sexual servitude and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police said he kept a 15-year-old female runaway from the District of Columbia in a room at the motel, at 2617 Appliance Court in Raleigh, and sold her sexual services.

"I was not doing, as far as I know, anything with a minor," Botellio said. "I still think she is 20 years old. I think she is lying. I think she's saying she's a juvenile and she's not."

Jeffrey Michael Botellio Three charged with selling teen for sex

Prosecutor Melanie Shekita said there is plenty of evidence that the girl is, in fact, 15.

Botellio told Wake County Judge Ned Mangum he had paid the girl's bond from the Wake County jail, and said she would not have been held there if she was a juvenile. He said he was trying to help her find a place to stay.

Mangum sent Botellio back to jail on bond of more than $200,000.

Two other people were charged last week with similar offenses related to the same girl. In court Monday the prosecutor said the suspects posted advertisements for sex with the girl online.

Elaton White, 20, of Raleigh, is accused of videotaping the teen having sex. He faces charges of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, statutory rape, taking indecent liberties with a child, crimes against nature and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Jacquelin Bann, 20, of Cary, is charged with prostitution and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

The girl has been reunited with her family in D.C.


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  • Jack Flash Aug 14, 2013

    "It is inconceivable to me that there are people here defending a man who pimped out a 15-year-old. There is no defense."

    It's a good time to reread _The Crucible_ or revisit that ban on Sharia law for a reminder of how religious self-righteousness by men seeks to demonize women for being such temptresses.

    "Oh, well, AG Holder will probably commute all sentences since it was a "non-violent" crime. .."

    Ignorant and irrelevant statement, but just for the record: Are you in favor of cutting spending everywhere except where it comes to incarceration? Would you rather complain that your tax dollars are supporting an allegedly luxurious lifestyle for prisoners, or actually have us save those tax dollars?

  • soyousay Aug 13, 2013

    Oh, well, AG Holder will probably commute all sentences since it was a "non-violent" crime.

    acually, no. Amazing though the leap. For he record any crime involving the sexual explotation of minors by definition is violent. Really, look it up

  • themacs Aug 13, 2013

    It is inconceivable to me that there are people here defending a man who pimped out a 15-year-old. There is no defense.

  • LastSon1981 Aug 13, 2013

    I wonder if Mike Hawk will defend this criminal as well

  • Blessing2all Aug 13, 2013

    I'm glad she has been reunited with her family. I pray she doesn't run away again and work out whatever issues she might be having at home with her parents. He was wrong for posting Ads on the internet to solicit prostitution in the first place. So wether he thougth she was 20 or not he was in the wrong period.

  • UNCRules123 Aug 13, 2013

    Another example of how quickly we have become like Los Angeles and Miami. These disgusting crimes never used to happen here. Oh, well, AG Holder will probably commute all sentences since it was a "non-violent" crime.

  • sunshine1040 Aug 13, 2013

    Did this young person present herself as a 20 year old to the pimps and to the police as a 20 year old. We all now know that not all folks between the ages of 18 and 90 do not have valid photo ID just ask AL,Jessie or Barber. If she said she was an adult then yes he is guilty of some of the charges and so is she

  • MonkeyFace Aug 13, 2013

    So... if she lied about her age, who says she wasn't WILLING to have do these things with guys? Who says she was against them? The lying 15 year old? Yea, because she's never lied before! I feel like this happens alot. These young girls want to be older, and "do the deed" with older guys, but lie about their age so the guys will sleep with them. And in the end, they come out as the victim. The guys, unknowingly, "do the deed" with an underage girl, and their rear ends in up in jail, while this girl gets nothing for lying?

  • seven74215 Aug 13, 2013

    I don't condone what this man done but is this girl all that innocent herself? "girl's bond from the Wake County jail" emphasis on JAIL. The story doesn't mention what the girl was in jail for so we don't know the whole story with her. I tried to find out more on her but was unsuccessful. Pimping out someone no matter what the age is wrong but lets not make this girl out to be a saint just yet either. If this guy paid her bond then she was in there for POTENTIALLY running afoul of the law in some way. The guys a scumbag! I will hold my thoughts on the girl until I hear more.

  • itsmyownopinion Aug 13, 2013

    I agree with you chippers. Sick, just sick.