Columbia Woman, Lady Tank Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Federal Prison For Enticing a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity
Columbia, S.C (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney M. Rhett DeHart announced today that India Tykeyah-Najee Cuyler, a/k/a “Lady Tank,” 26, of Columbia, was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison, after pleading guilty in February 2019 to using a facility of interstate commerce to entice a minor under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity.
Cuyler’s co-defendant, Donnell Salethian Woodard, a/k/a “Tank,” 33, also of Columbia, was sentenced February 24, 2021, to 25 years imprisonment, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to sex traffic minors and benefiting from sex trafficking of minors. Woodard was also ordered to pay restitution to the minor victims, register as a sex offender, and will be on supervision for 15 years following service of the term of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.
“The cruelty of sex trafficking is hard to comprehend, and it must be punished severely,” said Acting U.S. Attorney DeHart. “This sentence closes the door on the horrific crimes committed by these defendants and demonstrates our commitment to stopping sex trafficking in South Carolina.”
“Today’s sentencing, along with the previous sentencing of Donnell Woodard, has brought an end to a local child sex trafficking operation,” said Susan Ferensic, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge.