Human trafficking suspect pleads not guilty

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 52-year-old Alabaster man has pleaded not guilty to seven charges alleging he “required multiple females to prostitute themselves in Alabama” over the last several years, and is set to appear in court for a status call in late April.

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Jeffrey Todd Langley, who lists an address on Elm Drive in Alabaster, pleaded not guilty in February to charges of first-degree human trafficking, second-degree human trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and second-degree possession of marijuana.

The Alabaster Police Department arrested Langley and 35-year-old Alabaster resident Sutton Stafford Burleigh on Sept. 29, 2016 during an investigation into what police said was an illegal escort service involving at least one juvenile victim in and around the Alabaster area.

Langley has been out of jail since posting bonds totaling $136,000 the day after he was arrested. He faces up to life in prison if he is convicted of the first-degree human trafficking charge, and up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted of the second-degree human trafficking charge.

Burleigh was charged with one count of second-degree human trafficking and was released from jail the same day he was arrested after posting a $60,000 bond. As of March 7, he had not been indicted on any charges.

Burleigh faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted of the second-degree human trafficking charge.

According to the indictments, Langley allegedly “arranged/provided individuals for (four victims) to engage in sex with for U.S. currency” between Jan. 1, 2008 and Sept. 23, 2016.

Langley is now set to appear in Shelby County Circuit Court for a status call on April 24 at 8:30 a.m.