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CASE NAME:United States v. Jesus Perez-Laguna
ALL PLAINTIFFS:
ALL DEFENDANTS:Jesus Perez-Laguna, Guadalupe Reyes-Rivera, Ciro Bustos-Rosales
CITATION:
DOCKET NUMBER:3:07-cr-00468-CMC
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Cameron McGowan Currie
YEAR OF ARREST:2007
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:South Carolina
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Mexico
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):3
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of Children or by Force, Fraud or Coercion
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:168 Months
SECOND CHARGE:Coercion or Enticement of Minor Female
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2423;
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:168 Months
THIRD CHARGE:Conspiracy to Defraud the United States
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1371
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:168 Months
FOURTH CHARGE:Bringing in and Harboring Aliens
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
FOURTH CHARGE SENTENCE:
FIFTH CHARGE:Importation of Alien for Immoral Purpose
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1328
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:168 Months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:52,000
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:United States v. Perez-Laguna, 357 Fed. Appx. 507 (4th Cir. S.C. 2009); United States v. Perez-Laguna, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117257 (D.S.C. Nov. 3, 2010)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Deny
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:The victim, a 14-year-old girl, told investigators that she was smuggled into the United States from Mexico in July 2006 by the defendant, Jesus Perez-Laguna, in order to engage in a prostitution ring run by the defendant based in North Carolina. The victim was then traded to the second defendant, Guadalupe Reyes-Rivera, in South Carolina to engage in prostitution in that state. While in South Carolina, the victim was forced by the third defendant, Ciro Bustos-Rosales, to have sex with dozens of men each day, before she was rescued by U.S. Immigration and Custom officials. All three defendants were indicted for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking and coercion of a minor female with intent to engage in prostitution. The 20-count indictment contained various immigration charges, including brining in and harboring aliens and importing aliens for an immoral purpose. Perez-Laguna pled guilty to conspiracy charges, sex trafficking by force or fraud, coercion of a minor, and interstate transport of a minor with intent to engage in prostitution. He was sentenced to 170 months in prison and ordered to pay $52,500 restitution to his victims. Bustos-Rosales plead guilty to conspiracy charges and was sentenced to 70 month in prison and ordered to pay similar restitution. The third defendant included in the indictment, Guadalupe Reyes-Rivera, remains a fugitive. On appeal in 2009, Perez-Laguna argued that the plea agreement he signed required an additional sentence reduction that the Government failed to grant. The appellate court affirmed the convictions, but vacated the sentence and remanded to trial court for resentencing. It appears from the docket that at resentencing, the court reduced Perez-Laguna's sentence to 168 months and waived the restitution.
Approval Status:Approved
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