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Woman guilty of sex trafficking, prostitution

Jury finds Carpenter guilty on 6 of 8 counts

Posted: July 31, 2013 - 9:16pm  |  Updated: July 31, 2013 - 9:19pm

A 12-person Superior Court jury found a woman accused of running a brothel guilty on six felony counts at Kenai Courthouse Wednesday.

Karen L. Carpenter, 50, was charged with one count of prostitution and seven counts of sex trafficking: inducing a person younger than 20 to engage in prostitution; running a prostitution enterprise; soliciting a patron for prostitution; running a place of prostitution; inducing a person 20 years old or older to engage in prostitution; accepting proceeds derived from prostitution; and facilitating a prostitution enterprise.

A complaint filed by a Kenai Police said Carpenter told an undercover officer her business, Gifted Hands, provided massages and companionship packages. Clients could decide how to spend their purchased companionship time — including engaging in various types of sexual activity.

The jury hung on count one charging Carpenter with inducing a person younger than 20, Madison Murrieta, of engaging in prostitution. Due to lack of evidence of anyone involved in the business being under 20, Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman then acquitted Carpenter of count one.

The only evidence of Murrieta’s age the state presented was an advertisement by Carpenter on a website on which 50-year-old Carpenter said her age was 32.

In an email, District Attorney Scot Leaders said the state moved for Bauman to reconsider the acquittal, and Bauman has given the defendant 10 days to respond to the motion.

The charge of inducing a person younger than 20 years of age to engage in prostitution is an unclassified felony carrying a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine up to $500,000.

The remaining charges are class C felonies. Conviction for each a class C felony can result in up to five years time served and a fine up to $50,000.

The jury split on count five charging Carpenter with inducing a person 20 years old or older, Jonah Lange, to engage in prostitution. Re-trial week for this count is scheduled for Oct. 28.

Sentencing for the guilty counts is set for Nov. 18.

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at

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aspiecelia 08/01/13 - 05:51 pm
Equal Justice?

I think not since I offered evidence someone was promoting prostitution in the Homer area a few years back. There were even pictures of the prostitute on Craigslist and I know her name. Justice in AK consists of those in the in-group being allowed to do as they please and those in the out-group being targeted. Who had this woman angered? How many cops were her customers? BTW, the newspapers were not interested in any aspect of my story which includes the guy who was just arrested in Homer for meth and heroin. He was cooking meth where I lived, oh that wasn't the only place I lived where meth was being cooked. The cops ignored my pleas for help and harassed me. The pimp and his brother along with some officials of the courts engineered my wrongful arrest and the pimp stole my property and harmed my cat. Why was he not charged with any of the crimes he committed? Why is he being protected?

Suss 08/01/13 - 10:05 pm
One less employer

This is so sad on all levels, from consumer to provider to courtroom to prison.

She was a job creator, was actively hiring new talent.
Her add with more photos was even more disturbing.

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