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Woodbury Guardian Allegedly Allowed Disabled Teen to Engage in Prostitution

Cheryl Ann Tchida, 50, has been charged with a gross misdemeanor.

The guardian of a developmentally disabled woman has been charged with criminal neglect after she allegedly allowed the 19-year-old to engage in prostitution.

Cheryl Ann Tchida, 50, of Woodbury, had been the sole caretaker of the woman since October 2011, according to a Ramsey County criminal complaint. The charge is a gross misdemeanor.

The teen told police Tchida dropped her off in July 2012 to “hang out” with a 17-year-old at a Roseville motel and was eventually coerced into having sex with several men, the complaint says. The 19-year-old called Tchida to pick her up that night but she never came.

One of the men, identified as Hasan Muhammed or Muhammad, 32, sent Tchida a text message of the money she made that night and set up a LiveLinks account advertising prostitution for the teenager, the complaint says.

Tchida herself called police on Aug. 8 to report that the 19-year-old had been raped and forced to engage in prostitution, according to the complaint. The teenager is pregnant and was likely impregnated the first week of July 2012, the complaint says.

More arrests could be coming in connection with the case, according to the Star Tribune, which also reported that Tchida pleaded guilty in a 2008 case involving an injured 6-year-old at her unlicensed Woodbury daycare, at the 7100 block of Windgate Road.

The morning after the incident at the Roseville motel the teen was taken to a St. Paul apartment building, where Tchida eventually picked her up. It became a spot, along with a nearby Subway, where Tchida would drop her off over the next several weeks, the complaint says.

The teen now lives in a Washington County group home.

Other coverage

Star Tribune: Guardian charged after disabled Woodbury teen allegedly sold for sex

Pioneer Press: Woodbury woman allowed prostitution of disabled teen at motel, charges say

 

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Dana Fath January 08, 2013 at 06:55 AM
I don'T think minors and children can be nor should be referred to as prostitutes...rather they are victims of adults who traffic them in the sex trade. Minors, children and vulnerable adults do not have the ability to choose to be prostitutes. These people may be prostituted, but they are not prostitutes. Language does shape our beliefs.
Kris Janisch January 08, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Good point Dana.
Laurie Helgason January 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Very good point and I totally agree with you.
Laurie Helgason January 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Although the disabled teen is able to communicate, where was her case worker? During a review, the teen should have been able to meet with the case worker at a different location so she could have a private conversation. And the alleged pimp, Tchida, should never been given guardianship after the daycare incident. And the teens pregnancy is the only reason Tchida called police because she knew that could not be hidden. Throw the book at Tchida and her partner, Muhammad.

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