Sheriff: Indy woman brought child to prostitution encounter

Johnson County deputies arrested an Indianapolis woman who they say brought a child to a prostitution encounter.

Emily Kay Gosnell, 27, was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine and neglect of a dependent, both felonies, and prostitution and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, Tuesday afternoon. The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office will be reviewing the case for formal charges.

Undercover investigators came into contact with Gosnell on Tuesday via the internet, and later, text messaging. During the course of the communications, it became known that there would be some type of sexual encounter for payment, according to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Detectives also learned Gosnell would be bringing her 3-year-old daughter to the encounter, the news release says.

Gosnell allegedly met up with an undercover detective at a location in the Franklin area, with her child in tow. Deputies also found cocaine and paraphernalia used to ingest illegal narcotics in her possession, the sheriff’s office says.

Sheriff Duane Burgess praised the deputies of the sheriff’s office for being proactive in monitoring internet sites. This type of activity happens every day and is both unacceptable and illegal, he said in the news release.

“The furtherance of committing crimes and bringing a child to such an event is appalling,” Burgess said.

The Indiana Department of Child Services was also contacted and is involved in the investigation as well, the sheriff’s office says.

Gosnell remains at the Johnson County jail as of Wednesday morning.