Judge finds Tyler man guilty of human trafficking, prostitution

Judge finds Tyler man guilty of human trafficking, prostitution
Crystal Lilly and Dekenndrick Ross (Source: Smith County Jail)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Smith County judge has found a Tyler man guilty of human trafficking and prostitution charges.

Judge Kerry Russell will determine a punishment for Dekenndrick Lekeith Ross, 41, on April 27. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Ross and Crystal Lilly were arrested in June following a DPS investigation.

According to a grand jury indictment, Ross "from trafficking by recruiting and enticing and providing Victim #1… through force, fraud, or coercion and caused the complainant to engage in conduct prohibited…."

Russell delivered the verdict in a bench trial on Wednesday.

Lilly's next trial date has not yet been set.

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