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CASE NAME:United States v. Derek Roberts
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Derek Roberts
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DOCKET NUMBER:04-20408-CR-ASG
SOURCE:Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
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YEAR OF ARREST:2004
YEAR OF VERDICT:2005
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Florida
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
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GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Costa Rica
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Sex tourism
FIRST CHARGE:Attempt to engage a person under the age of eighteen for commercial sex purposes
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1594
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Attempting to induce a person under the age of eighteen to engage in prostitution
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:174 Fed. Appx. 475 (11th Cir. 2006)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:

According to facts presented in the appellate record, in March 2004, Derek Roberts booked a trip with Costa Rica Taboo Vacations, a fake travel agency set up by federal law enforcement to catch U.S. citizens traveling abroad for the purposes of engaging in commercial sex with minors.  The fake agency offered the services of "tourist companions" as young as 14-years old.

The Defendant booked and paid for a trip with the agency, including arrangements to engage in sex with underage girls.  He eventually cancelled the trip; however, he did arrange to meet with underage Costa Rican girls at a hotel in Miami. Roberts was arrested when he arrived at a hotel.

Roberts was convicted by a federal jury of attempting to engage a minor in commercial sex. He was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment.

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