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CASE NAME:United States v. Shelby Lewis
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Shelby Lewis
CITATION:791 F. Supp. 2d 81
DOCKET NUMBER:1:09-cr-00213
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Emmet G. Sullivan
YEAR OF ARREST:2009
YEAR OF VERDICT:2010
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:District of Columbia
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:4
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:United States
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Sex trafficking of children by force, fraud, or coercion <br>
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591(a)(1)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:240 months
SECOND CHARGE:Interstate transportation of a minor for purposes of prostitution
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2423(a)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:240 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$3,892,055
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FORFEITURE IMPOSED:$949,355
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SUMMARY:Over a three year period, Defendant Lewis recruited and prostituted four minor females in the Washington D.C. area. Some of the girls were runaways. In addition to transporting the victims from his house in Maryland to downtown D.C. to engage in commercial sex acts, Lewis routinely forced them to have sex with him. Lewis obtained legal guardianship of the 12-year-old. In 2009, the D.C. police conducted an undercover operation that led to the arrest of two of the victims and yielded evidence of Lewis’s crimes. In January 2010 he pled guilty to four counts of Interstate Transportation of Minors for Purposes of Prostitution. He was sentenced to a 240 month prison term and was ordered to pay restitution to each victim
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