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Madison Woman Convicted of Pimping/Pandering and Multiple Other Crimes


MADISON — Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Madison resident Kayla Powers was convicted in Dane County Circuit Court of pandering/pimping, keeping a place of prostitution, contributing to the delinquency of a child and party to the crime of sexual intercourse with a child. She was sentenced yesterday by Judge Stephen Ehlke to five years on felony Pimping/Pandering, consisting of 18 months of confinement followed by 42 months of extended supervision. Additionally, she was sentenced to three years on felony Keeping a Place of Prostitution, 18 months of confinement followed by 18 months of extended supervision. She also was sentenced to the maximum of nine months jail on each of the other two charges, which are misdemeanors. All of the sentences are to run concurrent.


According to the Criminal Complaint, on January 26, 2012, Madison Police contacted Kayla Powers at the Super 8 Motel. Powers admitted to making $1500 a day prostituting, and that girls come to her to make money. She also admitted to getting 30 percent of whatever her girls make and to having someone rent her a room at the motel for the purposes of prostitution. Powers reported she has rented rooms at the Super 8 Motel in the past to help facilitate her business, and at one point management did kick her out of the hotel and asked her not to return, which is why she had someone else rent the room in his name. Powers also admitted to arranging clients through her website for the 16-year-old victim and receiving $40 from the victim for allowing the victim to use the room. Powers admitted that the teen victim had clients on January 25 and 26.


The Madison Police Department, the Department of Justice -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and Milwaukee Police Department investigated this case.


Dane County Assistant District Attorney Robert Kaiser and Assistant Attorney General Karie Cattanach represented the State of Wisconsin in this prosecution.