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CASE NAME:United States v. Clarence Howard Brown
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Clarence Howard Brown, Holly Hollis
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DOCKET NUMBER:05-80101
SOURCE:Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Arthur J. Tarnow
YEAR OF ARREST:2005
YEAR OF VERDICT:2006
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Michigan
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Eastern 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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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and 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:Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2423
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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THIRD CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of Children
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
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CORE TERMS:18 U.S.C. § 1201; 18 U.S.C. § 2423; 18 U.S.C. § 1591
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:240 months
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:498 F.3d 523 (6th Cir. 2007)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:
SUMMARY:

According to information provided in the appellate record, in November 2001, a then- thirteen- year- old girl from Adrian, Michigan, ran away from home with Mack Atkins, then 19. Atkins introduced the victim to Defendant Brown.  Brown brought the victim to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he sexually assaulted her at a Motel 6.  For approximately one week, Brown forced the victim, through physical abuse and threats, to engage in commercial sex at truck stops. Defendant Holly Hollis was an adult female prostitute working for Brown.  Hollis “trained” the victim by telling her how much money to charge and by having the victim observe Hollis engage in commercial sex acts. In late November 2001, a female truck driver rescued the victim and drove her to New Jersey, where she was able to contact her family by telephone.

Although the victim provided a written statement to the Michigan police in December 2001 and an oral statement to the FBI in January 2001, Brown was not arrested until January 2005. 

Brown was convicted by a federal jury of kidnapping, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and sex trafficking of children. He was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment.  Hollis pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a child and was sentenced to nearly four years imprisonment.

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