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CASE NAME:United States v. Robert Williams
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Robert Williams, Brooke Denman, Dawn Young
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DOCKET NUMBER:05-CR-10195
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Joseph L. Tauro
YEAR OF ARREST:2005
YEAR OF VERDICT:2007
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Massachusetts
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:United States
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):3
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy in sex trafficking and inducing interstate travel for the purpose of prostitution
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:151 months + 36 months supervised release + $1200 special assessment
SECOND CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of Children
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 1591
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:151 months + 36 months supervised release + $1200 special assessment
THIRD CHARGE:Inducing a Minor to Travel in Interstate Commerce to Engage in Prostitution
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 2422(a)
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:151 months + 36 months supervised release + $1200 special assessment
FOURTH CHARGE:Transporting a Minor in Interstate Commerce to Engage in Prostitution
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 2421, 18 U.S.C. 2
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FOURTH CHARGE SENTENCE:151 months + 36 months supervised release + $1200 special assessment
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:151 months + 36 months supervised release
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FINE IMPOSED:$1200 special assessment
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:529 F.3d 1; 2009 U.S. LEXIS 1813 (denying certiorari)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:
SUMMARY:

Defendants used a minor for prostitution activities in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. The girl was 13 to 15 years old during the crimes and was taking calls from defendant Young's escort service. The escort service operated both online and over the phone. Defendants took all or almost all of the minor's earnings. Defendants helped the teenager obtain false identification documents. The victim was reported missing in 2001, when she was 14 years old. The defendants, aware of the missing status of the child, called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2001 to report that the minor was safe.

Defendant Williams appealed his sentence to assert that his acts were a "joint venture" between the victim and himself, and therefore not a "violent" act.  The court dismissed this line of reasoning and held that violation of the prohibition on sex trafficking of minors "constitutes a crime of violence."

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