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This Florida couple paid for their drugs by pimping a child, cops say

Franklin County deputies capture Kevin Wyatt
Franklin County deputies capture Kevin Wyatt

Among the things longtime Florida Panhandle couple Kevin Wyatt and Celeste Chambers have in common: getting arrested as Gadsen County fugitives last weekend. They were fugitives because of something else they shared, according to law enforcement:

Trading sexual acts with a child for drugs for 13 years.

That’s according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in their Facebook announcement of Wyatt’s Sunday afternoon capture on an East River houseboat. A WTXL-Channel 27 report says court documents say the pimping of the child began when she was 3 years old. They traded sex with the child for the drugs, according to cops.

In Leon County, where the couple lives now, Chambers pleaded not guilty to sexual battery on a child under 12 by an adult; lewd or lascivious molestation; lewd or lascivious conduct; lewd or lascivious battery; lewd or lascivious exhibition; child abuse; and human trafficking by a parent, legal guardian or custodian. She bonded out and is set to face trial Jan. 2.

But she was re-arrested on Friday in Tallahassee after Gadsen County issued warrants for three counts of sexual assault, one count of lewd or lascivious behavior and one count of cruelty toward a child. After Wyatt’s Sunday capture, he also is facing the same charges.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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