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United States of America v. Dion Vincent Hooks Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Felon Wounded in Drug Deal Gunfight Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

One Man Killed in Early Morning Shootout at Downtown Seattle Gas Station

A 24 -year-old Seattle man was sentenced June 30, 2017 in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and five years of supervised release for three felony counts related to illegal gun poss... More...
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Allen John Murray v. The State of Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, San Antonio, Texas

This case arose based upon an outcry statement made by C.J., a 13-year-old girl, in which
C.J. alleged she met Allen John Murray after she ran away from home. C.J. claimed Murray took
pictures of her and posted them on his Facebook page to advertise her for sex. C.J. stated that at
least three men came to Murray’s house, gave money to Murray and engaged in sexual intercourse
wi... More...
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Michael Chappell v. The State of Texas Former WFAA-TV employee gets 52 years for child sex abuse

Chappell met Julie’s mother at work in 2006. Julie’s mother left her
husband, Julie’s father, for Chappell. Julie’s mother and father separated in
2006 and got divorced in 2007. Julie and her two brothers, both younger than
she, went to live with Chappell and their mother.
When Julie was eight or nine, which would have been in 2008 or 2009,
Chappell began looking at and to... More...
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United States of America v. Deuvontay Shelby Charles Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis Man Sentenced To 36 Years In Prison For Trafficking Three Minors And Producing Child Pornography

Deuvontay Shelby Charles, 22, to 36 years in prison for sex trafficking three minor girls and for producing and receiving child pornography of two minor girls. CHARLES was indicted on March 7, 2016, and on December 14, 2016, was convicted by a federal jury on 20 ... More...
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United States of America v. Deuvontay Shelby Charles Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis Man Sentenced To 36 Years In Prison For Trafficking Three Minors And Producing Child Pornography

Deuvontay Shelby Charles, to 36 years in prison for sex trafficking three minor girls and for producing and receiving child pornography of two minor girls. CHARLES was indicted on March 7, 2016, and on December 14, 2016, was convicted by a federal jury on 20 of ... More...
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Sofiane Benaffane v. The State of Texas UPDATE: Suspects Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 9357 Richmond

Benaffane testified at trial. He contended that he shot Kelly in self-defense
and in defense of Morales. In February 2014, Benaffane met Morales, who was
working as a stripper. They started dating and shortly thereafter, Benaffane learned
that Morales had previously worked as a prostitute when he encountered her ex-pimp
while picking her up from work. The pimp blocked Benaf... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. SCOT E. BACON II Commercial sexual exploitation of a child

The State charged Scot E. Bacon II with two counts of commercial sexual exploitation of a child. Following a jury trial, Bacon was found guilty of one count but acquitted of the other. Bacon raises eight issues in his direct appeal: (1) that his statutory speedy trial rights were violated; (2) that the trial court erred by allowing the State to amend its complaint; (3) that the trial court erred b... More...   $0 (06-10-2017 - KS)

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA vs. SHELLY D. STANLEY South Dakota Supreme Court

On August 3, 2015, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was underway in Sturgis, South Dakota. Shortly before 1:00 a.m., Sturgis Police Officers Mike Varilek and Tom Strickland (collectively, “the Officers”) received a report from another police officer that a male and female had entered a single-occupancy, portable toilet located in the middle of 2nd Street. Officer Varilek testified that such an event... More...   $0 (06-09-2017 - SD)

STATE OF OHIO - vs - QUILLIE BUSSLE, JR Sex Offender Eleventh District Court of Appeals

Mr. Bussle was charged by an indictment filed July 14, 2015. He pleaded
not guilty July 16, 2015. The matter came on for bench trial February 2, 2016. The
facts are taken from the trial transcript.
{¶3} On the evening of October 12, 2013, Mr. Bussle was hosting a party in the
basement of his parents’ house in Ravenna, Ohio, where he lived. Alcohol and drugs
were plenti... More...
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STATE OF OHIO VS. JOHN CHARLES FORTNER John Charles Fortner is charged with possession of child pornography.

In April 2012, Appellant was in Belmont County working in the oil and gas industry for a Texas company. He posted an ad on Craigslist for “Young Hot Girls.” Sentencing Tr. 3. The Belmont County SPIE Task Force saw the listing and responded by e-mail with a picture of a decoy stating it was a 14 year old girl. Sentencing Tr. 3. Appellant responded and offered money for sexual conduct. Sentenc... More...   $0 (06-01-2017 - )

United States of America v. Eric Javon Thompson Federal Courthouse - Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Charges Involving Scheme to Compel Five Women to Prostitute

Eric J. Thompson, 29, of Jacksonville, N.C., was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay $19,200 in restitution after pleading guilty on November 9, 2016, to one count of interstate transportation for prostitution and one count of using an interstate facility t... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ALVIN HOUSTON, JR., a/k/a/ Chip Pair arrested at Bangor motel on sex trafficking charges involving a minor

When, as here, a sentencing appeal follows a guilty
plea, we obtain the facts from the change-of-plea colloquy, the
unchallenged portions of the presentence investigation report,
and the record of the disposition hearing. United States v.
Dávila-González, 595 F.3d 42, 45 (1st Cir. 2010). "We rehearse
only those facts that are needed to put the claims of error into
c... More...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. VERNON LEE HUSER Altoona police make arrest in 4½-year-old slaying

A. Conviction of Woolheater. The partially decomposed body of Morningstar was discovered in February 2005 in a forested area in Altoona near Woolheater’s home. Police immediately began investigating Woolheater and subsequently charged him with first-degree murder. Woolheater was convicted after a jury trial. The conviction was upheld by the court of appeals. State v. Woolheater, No. 10–0478,... More...   $0 (05-07-2017 - IA)

Anthony Edwin Marsh v. The People of the State of Colorado Sex Offender

Marsh allegedly sexually assaulted three of his granddaughters, C.S., E.M., and
S.O., between 2005 and 2007. The children ranged in age from four to seven years old at
the time of the alleged assaults. Two forensic interviewers from Blue Sky Bridge
Advocacy Center (“Blue Sky”) interviewed each of the three granddaughters, as well as
a fourth granddaughter, A.S., who was fifte... More...
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United States of America v. Severiano Martinez-Rojas, a/k/a “Negro” and “Gato” Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA - Fourth Defendant Convicted for Role in Atlanta-Based Mexican Sex Trafficking Ring

Severiano Martinez-Rojas, also known as “Negro” and “Gato,” of Tenancingo, Tlaxcala, Mexico, has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of sex trafficking and admitted his participation in the sex trafficking of three victims.

“This defendant’s guilty plea represents another succ... More...
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United States of America v. Kyle Maurice Parks Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - Ohio Man Sentenced on Sex Trafficking Charges

Kyle Maurice Parks was sentenced to 300 months in prison for his involvement in the transportation of four minors (ages 15-17) and two adults from Ohio to Missouri to engage in prostitution. The plan was to come to sell the girls on Backpage.com.

According to testimony at trial, Parks, two women and four minor females,... More...
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United States of America v. Michael L. Fisher Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, MD - Ohio Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Travel with Intent to Engage in Illegal Sexual Conduct

U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Michael L. Fischer, age 42, of Toledo, Ohio, today to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release, for travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Fisher traveled from Ohio to Mar... More...
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United States of America v. Lawrence G. Owen Federal Courthouse - Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR - Strip Club Operator Sentenced to Prison for Promoting Prostitution Scheme and Engaging in Tax Fraud

U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon sentenced Lawrence G. Owen, 75, to 30 months in federal prison. The sentence immediately followed Owen’s guilty plea for promoting prostitution at ten Portland-area strip clubs and adult video stores and for conspiring to defraud the... More...
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STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ALEXANDER JOHNSON AND MICHAEL F. WILLIAMS Estes Kefauver Federal Building - Nashville, Tennessee

On February 12, 2015, the Knox County Grand Jury charged both of the defendants with two counts each of the November 2014 aggravated rape of C.C.1 As is relevant to this appeal, the presentment lists as witnesses C.C., Bridget Boland, and cellular telephone service providers New Cingular Wireless/AT&T Wireless and Sprint/Nextel Communications. Witnesses Anna Lawn and Natalie Tavares were later ad... More...   $0 (04-14-2017 - TN)

Juan Sergio Carreon Toledo v. The State of Texas Former Cy-Fair ISD soccer coach pleads guilty to sex charges

From the summer of 2014 until his arrest, Carreon worked as the girls’ varsity
soccer coach at a high school in Harris County, Texas. That fall, Carreon began
texting with a 17-year-old student who was a high school senior on the soccer team
“in a flirty way.” Their communications led to clandestine hotel encounters and an
intimate sexual relationship. Carreon and the studen... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. SAMPSON D. GRANT III Sexual exploitation of a child

Grant was convicted by a jury of two counts of commercial sexual exploitation of a child stemming from events that occurred sometime between May 1 and May 9, 2015. In May 2015, K.A., who was 16 years old at the time, had run away from her foster home in Wichita sometime near the conclusion of April. K.A. met up with Kiley Jordan, an individual K.A. described as "like family to me." Jordan informed... More...   $0 (04-10-2017 - KS)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. RONALD ELLERMAN

Defendant was charged in Monmouth County Indictment No. 10
07-1301 with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous
substance (CDS), N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(3) (Count One); first-degree
possession of CDS with intent to distribute, N.J.S.A. 2C:35
5(b)(10)(a) (Count Two); first-degree maintaining or operating a
CDS production facility, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4 (Count Three); third<... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. ARTHUR ANTHONY SHELTROWN

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Arthur Sheltrown makes two arguments in this appeal of his sentence for aggravated sexual battery. First, he contends that his 1994 juvenile adjudication for rape cannot be... More...   $0 (03-28-2017 - KS)

United States of America v. Nathan Nicholson, Tyrell Lockett and Myrelle Lockett

Chicago, IL - Chicago Father and His Twin Boys Sentenced to Prison for Sex Trafficking of Minors

A Chicago father and his twin boys have been sentenced to federal prison terms for recruiting vulnerable minors to engage in sex acts for money.

NATHAN NICHOLSON groomed his sons to become pimps in a family sex trafficking operation. Nicholson used the twins, TYRELLE LOCKETT and MYREL... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v.GREGORY JOHN SCHAFFER, AKA JOHN ARCHAMBEAULT

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We set forth the facts necessary to decide the claims addressed  in this opinion, and we view the evidence in the light most favorable  to the g... More...
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