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CASE NAME:United States v. Eric Gathings
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ALL DEFENDANTS:Eric Gathings aka Pulu, Brandy Key aka Brandy Wheeler aka Aleesha
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DOCKET NUMBER:12-1686
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Gary A. Fenner
YEAR OF ARREST:2011
YEAR OF VERDICT:2011
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Missouri
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western 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:Unknown
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown
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:Sex Trafficking of a Minor
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591(a), (b)(2)
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:180 months
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FORFEITURE IMPOSED:$100.00
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Judgment, Appealed Sentence
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APPEAL STILL PENDING?:Unknown
SUMMARY:Defendants Eric Gathings and Brandy Key recruited a homeless minor to work in Key's prostitution ring by promising her protecting and a place to live. Gathings initially told the 17-year-old victim that he would pay her to babysit his children, but instead she was forced into prostitution. Defendants coerced the victim into performing commercial sex acts by drugging her and taking her clothes. The victim saw Gathings beat other women who refused to perform the sex acts. Gathings took the victim's earnings, at one point using them to post his bond for release from incarceration for an unrelated weapons arrest. Defendants both pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor.
Approval Status:Approved
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