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CASE NAME:United States v. Cedric Edward Bennem
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Cedric Edward Bennem, Traci Michelle Denton
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DOCKET NUMBER:93-20020
SOURCE:Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Julia S. Gibbons
YEAR OF ARREST:1991
YEAR OF VERDICT:1993
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Tennessee
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
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CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Kidnapping (two counts)
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1201, § 1202
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Using a firearm in connection with a crime of violence
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 924(c)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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THIRD CHARGE:Transporting a person across state lines for the purpose of prostitution (three counts)
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2421
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FOURTH CHARGE:Transporting a minor across a state line for the purpose of prostitution
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2421
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FIFTH CHARGE:Conspiring to commit a crime
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:1995 U.S. App. LEXIS 12446
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:

Cedric Edward Bennem is a pimp who  kidnapped a prostitute at gunpoint in January of 1991, beat her with a two-by-four, and forced her to engage in prostitution for him in another state. Two months later, Bennem kidnapped a 17-year-old high school student, raped her in the presence of two men who then followed suit, beat her on the buttocks with a two-by-four and threatened to break her jaw if she cried. Bennem then made the 17-year-old victim work for him as one of his prostitutes in two different states.

Defendant Traci Michelle Denton entered a plea agreement, after which she was sentenced for 48 months imprisonment.

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