Successful Prosecutions

As they come to our attention, we will continue to post successful prosecutions on this page to highlight the wonderful work being done by law enforcement and various agencies across the country.


Successful Prosecution

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY DANIEL G. BOGDEN

DISTRICT OF NEVADA

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                CONTACT: NATALIE COLLINS

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014                                                                    (702) 388-6508

WWW.JUSTICE.GOV/USAO/NV                                                              FAX: (702) 388-6296

 

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TRANSPORTING 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEVADA TO WORK AS PROSTITUTE

 

LAS VEGAS, Nev.  – A northern California man pleaded guilty today to transporting a minor female from San Jose, Calif., to Las Vegas, Nev., to work as a prostitute during May 2013, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

 

Andrew West, 27, of Hayward, Calif., who was indicted on May 29, 2013, pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of a minor for prostitution, and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 30, 2014, by U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan. West faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and will have to register as a sex offender.

 

“We must use maximum resources to prevent our children and youth from becoming victims to sex trafficking,” said United States Attorney Bogden. “The kids who fall victim to pimps are typically physically and emotional abused and scarred for life, and we will work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to ensure that these child exploiters who bring kids across state lines for prostitution purposes are prosecuted.”

 

According to the plea agreement, in early 2013, a 16-year-old female began working as a prostitute for West in Stockton and San Jose, Calif.  On May 3, 2013, West, the 16-year-old girl, and others traveled in several vehicles from San Jose to Las Vegas.  The 16-year-old traveled in West’s Lexus automobile, but West told the girl that he could not ride in the vehicle with her until after they arrived in Nevada, because if he were arrested he would get into more trouble for crossing state lines with her because of her age. They arrived in Las Vegas the next day, and West, the 16-year-old girl, and another male checked into a motel on the Boulder Highway. West told the girl to make money (by committing sex acts) to pay for the room.  The girl walked the Boulder Highway in search of dates, and solicited separate dates with four men who she took back to the motel room. The girl earned a total of $260, part of which was provided to West after each date. The girl was arrested on May 4, 2013, when she attempted to solicit a date from an undercover Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer in the motel parking lot.

 

The case was investigated the FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, as part of the Innocence Lost Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nicholas D. Dickinson and Phillip N. Smith, Jr.

 

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal

Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about PSC, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.

 

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Successful Prosecution

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY DANIEL G. BOGDEN

DISTRICT OF NEVADA

______________________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                CONTACT: NATALIE COLLINS

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014                                                                           (702) 388-6508

WWW.JUSTICE.GOV/USAO/NV                                                              FAX: (702) 388-6296

 

MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO TRANSPORTING TEENAGE GIRLS FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEVADA TO WORK AS PROSTITUTES

 

LAS VEGAS, Nev.  – Two California men pleaded guilty today to felony sex trafficking crimes for inducing and enticing two minor girls to travel from Oakland, Calif., to Las Vegas, Nev., to work as prostitutes during April and May 2013, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

 

Ray Darnell Webb, 19, and Seagram Joshua Miller, 21, both of Hayward, Calif., who were arrested and indicted in May 2013, pleaded guilty to one count of coercion and enticement, and are scheduled to be sentenced on April 29, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Kent J. Dawson. The men face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and will have to register as sex offenders.

 

“We must work together as a community to prevent children from getting involved with sex trafficking,” said United States Attorney Bogden. “The pimps who scour the streets, schools, and online communities preying on boys and girls are predators and we will work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to ensure that they are prosecuted.”

 

According to their plea agreements, in early 2013, Webb and Miller met one of the victims, a 12-year-old female, in Oakland, Calif. where she was working as a prostitute.  Shortly thereafter, the 12-year-old began working as a prostitute for Webb and Miller, and provided the money she made working as a prostitute to them.  In about April 2013, Miller met a 16-year-old female on Facebook, and she also began working as a prostitute for Miller and Webb.  In April 2013, Miller, Webb, and the two minor girls, decided to travel to Las Vegas to make money.  Before leaving, Webb and the 16-year-old girl posted an advertisement on MyRedbook.com so that they would have dates lined up when they arrived in Las Vegas. The advertisement contained photographs of the 16-year-old.  On April 29, 2013, Webb, Miller, and the two minor girls, drove from Oakland to Las Vegas and stayed in a rented hotel room on Las Vegas Boulevard.  Both girls worked as prostitutes on April 30 and in early May.

 

The cases were investigated the FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, as part of the Innocence Lost Task Force. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nicholas D. Dickinson and Phillip N. Smith, Jr.

 

The cases were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal

Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about PSC, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.

 

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