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January 30, 2019
A federal jury convicted a Lake Worth man of sex trafficking women and girls during a decade in South Florida, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
The 42-year-old was accused of trafficking multiple women and two girls for commercial sex from 2008 through 2017.
The women lived at the man’s homes and traveled to hotels and other locations to meet men and engage in sex for money, which the man kept, prosecutors said.
The man used violence to force the women to participate, authorities said.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office human trafficking task force arrested the man in November 2017 after one of the women’s father contacted them, the agency said then.
The federal jury handed up its decision on Dec. 20. The man was convicted of three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion; two counts of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of obstructing a human trafficking investigation.
He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 26. He could face a prison sentence of 15 years to life.
Society considers sex crimes to be some of the most heinous crimes. A conviction for a sex offense can result in serious penalties, including mandatory registration as a sex offender on the Florida Public Sex Offender Registry. In the court of public opinion, the mere accusation of a sex offense can make you appear guilty in the eyes of others, including jurors. This bias often leads to false convictions and harsh sentencing.
If you have been convicted of a sex offense, like human trafficking, you may think your fate has been sealed. However, that is not necessarily true. The prosecution, juries and judges can make mistakes, legal errors, and new evidence may come to light, which all award you the right to pursue post-conviction rights.
Our Palm Beach County Sex Crimes Appeals Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are skilled trial lawyers that know how to review court records to see if your rights were violated during the trial or sentencing process. If you were found guilty for a crime you did not commit due to ineffective counsel, juror misconduct or bias, or because of a judge’s actions, we may be able to help you. Your initial consultation with us is completely free. Call us today at 561-367-8777 or contact us online to meet with us regarding your case.