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CASE NAME:United States v. Byron Thompson
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Byron Keith Thompson, Lea Shawnay Bell
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DOCKET NUMBER:1:09cr271
SOURCE:Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Judge Richard D. Bennett
YEAR OF ARREST:2009
YEAR OF VERDICT:2009
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Maryland
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:3 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Minor
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 1591(a)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:120 months
SECOND CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of a Minor
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 1591(a)
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THIRD CHARGE:Aiding and Abetting
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SUMMARY:Byron Thompson, a “pimp,” and Bell jointly ran a prostitution business across Maryland, NY, and DC, recruiting minors to engage in commercial sex acts. Thompson controlled the business and Bell assisted. Thompson and Bell obtained minors for commercial sex acts, knowing that they were not 18 years old. From January to February 2009, Thompson and Bell prostituted Jane Doe (age 17), providing and advertising her dozens of times for sexual services in Maryland. Thompson and Bell kept all of the money paid by the sex customers. On March 6, 2009, the minors were retrieved by law enforcement, but Thompson and Bell continued to attempt to contact Jane Doe and two other minors through April 2009. Thompson and Bell were subsequently located and arrested.
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