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CASE NAME:United States v. Richard Marquis Harper
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Richard Marquis Harper
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DOCKET NUMBER:08-CR-00560
SOURCE:Lexis Search, PACER
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Catherine D. Perry
YEAR OF ARREST:2008
YEAR OF VERDICT:2008
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Missouri
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Eastern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
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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:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:misprision of felony - related to charge of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion.
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 4
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:27 months imprisonment and 1 year supervised release
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:In a related case, against Waquita Wallace, the greatest sentence was 240 months.  In the case against Harper, his sentence was 27 months.
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SUMMARY:In June 2008, April Chaney and her sister, Waquita Wallace, went to another person's apartment and observed the victim, an 18-year-old woman with mental disabilities, there. Wallace told the victim that she would help her get her babies back and take care of her. When they got back to Wallace and Chaney's house, Wallace told the victim that the other person owed Wallace money, that that person's debt was now her debt, and that she would have to pay it back by giving up her monthly social security disability check. Wallace threatened to hurt the victim and her mother and grandmother. Wallace would take the victim out at night to work as a prostitute on the streets and arranged for men to come over and have sex with the victim. Wallace also ordered the victim to do housework and to massage Wallace's back and feet rather than sleep. Richard Marquis Harper, another resident of the house, pushed the victim's head under water in the bathtub. Wallace engaged in other abuse, including leaving the victim in the backyard without clothes on, burning her, beating her, threatening her with a knife, making her drink a cup of urine and lick a dog's genitals, and tying her to a chair, gagging her, and leaving her. Chaney participated in some of this abuse. In a related proceeding, Wallace pleaded guilty to sex trafficking by fraud, force, or coercion and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and 5 years supervised release and fined $100. Chaney was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment and 2 years supervised release on a charge of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by fraud, force, or coercion. Harper pleaded guilty to misprision of felony, 8 U.S.C. 4, and was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment and 1 year supervised release and fined $100.
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