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CASE NAME:United States v. Brent Andrew Stephens
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Timothy Michael Gereb, Brent Andrew Stephens, Maria De Jesus Ochoa, Consuelo Pilar Ochoa, and Isabel Ochoa
CITATION:2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66628
DOCKET NUMBER:SA-07-CR-365(5)
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Xavier Rodriguez
YEAR OF ARREST:2007
YEAR OF VERDICT:2007
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Texas
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:3 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Mexico
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):5
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to harbor aliens for commercial advantage and private financial gain
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 USC 1324
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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SECOND CHARGE:Conspiracy
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 371
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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THIRD CHARGE:Child sex trafficking by force fraud or coercion
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1591
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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FOURTH CHARGE:Use of a firearm in the course of child sex trafficking
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1591 and 924(c)(1)(A)(ii)
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SUMMARY:Defendants smuggled the three victims into the United States in order to force them to work as escorts.  The Defendants intimidated the woman and girls with threats of violence and backed these threats up by showing a gun to the victims.  The victims' families were also threatened.  They were told that if the man they were escorting wanted sex, they were to agree to have sex with him.  At one point, the women were forced to shower and then inspected by the defendants.

The Defendants' alleged that the women were not being held, because they were allowed out on their own, and were able to call their families in Mexico.
Approval Status:Approved
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