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CASE NAME:United States v. Vincent Springer
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Vincent Springer
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DOCKET NUMBER:04-CR-20551
SOURCE:News Article, Non-DOJ Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:United States v. George C. Clarke, United States v. Koenemann, United States v. Strevell, United States v. John Bollea, United States v. Thomas Taylor, United States v. James Marquez
TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Patricia A. Seitz
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
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Costa Rica
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Sex Tourism
FIRST CHARGE:Sex trafficking of children
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:46 months + 60 months supervised release + $100 special assessment
SECOND CHARGE:Coercion or enticement of female
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2422
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:46 months + 60 months supervised release + $100 special assessment
THIRD CHARGE:Coercion or enticement of a female
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2422
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:60 months + 60 months supervised release + $100 special assessment
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SUMMARY:

The FBI instituted an undercover operation that was designed to stop United States sex tourists before departing from the United States. The undercover operation consisted of a fake travel agency ("Costa Rica Taboo Vacations") that offered to match travelers with "tourist companions" ages 14 through 27 in Costa Rica. The defendant, a mechanic from Florida, requested a trip through the agency that included sexual activity with two females, ages 14 and 15. The defendant paid $931 for the trip and services. Upon arrest, the defendant admitted that he planned to negotiate for additional girls upon his arrival in Costa Rica. The defendant's carry-on luggage contained condoms, sexual lubricants, presents for the girls, and bubble bath. The defendant was found guilty on all three counts after a jury trial.

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