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CASE NAME:United States v. Justin P. Cephus
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Justin Cephus, Jovan Stewart, Stanton Cephus, and Haneef Jackson-Bey, Delbert Patterson
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DOCKET NUMBER:09-CR-43
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Rudy Lozano
YEAR OF ARREST:2009
YEAR OF VERDICT:2009
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Indiana
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):5
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to transport minor and adult females in <br>interstate commerce to engage in commercial sex <br>acts <br>
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371; 18 U.S.C. § 2
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:Child Sex Trafficking
SECOND CHARGE:18 U.S.C. § 1591
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THIRD CHARGE:Transportation of an individual with the intent that the individual engage in prostitution
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2421
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FOURTH CHARGE:Sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion <br>
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591; 18 U.S.C. § 1592
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FIFTH CHARGE:Transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent that the individual engage in prostitution
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2423
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:Life imprisonment
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APPEAL:Yes
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APPEAL STILL PENDING?:Yes
SUMMARY:

Defendants operated a prostitution ring based in Hammond, Indiana. According to a Department of Justice Press Release, the defendants used threats and beatings to force women, including juvenile girls, to engage in commercial sex acts. The defendants recruited the victims at a local mall and through advertisements in the phone book, which indicated that the women would be working for a modeling agency. 

Defendants Justin Cephus and Jovan Demont Stewart were found guilty by a federal jury of numerous trafficking-related crimes, including: conspiracy to transport minor and adult females in interstate commerce to engage in commercial sex; transporting a minor in interstate commerce for the purposes of prostitution; sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, and sex trafficking of children. Both defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment, although Cephus appealed his conviction in December 2010. Defendant Haneef Jackson- Bey pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of children and was sentenced to 180 months in prison.  Delbert Patterson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment. Stanton Cephus pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of children and was sentenced to 324 months imprisonment.  

 

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