A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney Office:
KARI KNOX AND ANTWANETTE ATKINS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR THE CRIME OF INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE OF A MINOR
Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Kari Knox, 38, of Lake in the Hills and Antwanette Atkins, 44, of Lake in the Hills were each sentenced today to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the class X felony offense of Involuntary Servitude of a Minor following an August 2011 jury trial.
The evidence at trial revealed that on December 31, 2009, Kari Knox and Antwanette Atkins actively participated in arranging for a 14 year old girl from Kansas to engage in prostitution.
Knox photographed the minor in various poses and then uploaded the photographs to the internet.
Knox also provided clothing for the victim to wear and drove the victim to two separate suburban locations where the minor engaged in sexual acts.
Atkins posed with the minor in some of the photos, talked with the minor about how to detect if the men were police officers, told her how to interact with the men, and took phone calls to obtain addresses for the males responding to the internet posting.
This case was investigated by the Lake in the Hills Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein.