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CASE NAME:United States v. Mariece Sims
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Mariece Chevalia Sims, Dwayne B. Thigpen
CITATION:
DOCKET NUMBER:04-00048-CR-ODE-1-1
SOURCE:Lexis Search, FBI website
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Orinda D. Evans
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Georgia
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Kidnapping
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1201
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Sex trafficking of a minor by coercion
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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THIRD CHARGE:Transporting a person for purposes of prostitution
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2421
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FOURTH CHARGE:Transportation of a minor in interstate commerce for purposes of prostitution
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2423
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FIFTH CHARGE:Coercing a person to travel in interstate commernce for purposes of prostitution
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2422
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CORE TERMS:18 U.S.C. § 1591; 18 U.S.C. § 2423; 18 U.S.C. § 2421; 18 U.S.C. § 2422
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:336
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FINE IMPOSED:$500
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction, Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:161 Fed. Appx. 849; 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 23302
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirmed convictions, remanded for sentencing
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:
SUMMARY:Defendants Mariece Sims and Dwayne Thigpen abducted a 16-year-old girl from Arkansas and prostituted her at locations in Arkansas, Georgia, and Mississippi. According to testimony at Sims’s trial, the defendants used physical violence, including at least once incident of sexuall assault, and threats to force the victim into prostitution. The victim attempted to seek help at an Atlanta police station, but she testified that she left without making a report after tiring of waiting. When she emerged from the police station, she was physically assaulted by Sims. Defendant Thigpen pleaded guilty to transporting the victim with the intent that she engage in criminal sexual activity. He was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment and 5 years supervised release. A federal jury found Sims guilty of kidnapping, forced labor, sex trafficking of children, and transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He was sentenced to life in prison - reduced to 28 years on appeal – and five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine.
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