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CASE NAME:United States v. Don Arthur Webster, Jr.
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Don Arthur Webster, Jr. a.k.a. Jerry Star
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DOCKET NUMBER:3:06cr96
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search, News Article, Courtlink
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):H. Russel Holland
YEAR OF ARREST:2006
YEAR OF VERDICT:2008
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Alaska
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:11 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Sex trafficking of children and by force fraud and coercion
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591(a)(1) & (b)(1) & (2)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Sex Trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591(a)(1) & (b)(1)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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THIRD CHARGE:Distribution of a controlled substance to a pregnant individual
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:21 U.S.C. § 861(f) & (b); 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(C)
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FOURTH CHARGE:Distribution of a controlled substance to a person under 21 years of age
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1); 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(C); 21 U.S.C. § 859(a)
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FIFTH CHARGE:Distribution of a controlled substance: cocaine
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) & (b)(1)(C)
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:360 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$3,615,750
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction, Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:United States v. Webster, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 26438 (9th Cir. Alaska Nov. 28, 2011); Webster v. Martin, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154856; Webster v. Martin, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57220;
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendant Don Arthur Webster, Jr. recruited vulnerable adult and minor females (females who were runaways, homeless, or in low-paying jobs) and then forced them to engage in commercial sex via sham escort services he had set up. He had the woman live in housing he provided. He threatened them, took away their identification and property, and sometimes assaulted them to ensure their continued cooperation. He confiscated all the money they made and paid them with drugs. Webster was arrested in 2006 and in 2008 was convicted by a jury of sex trafficking and a number of cocaine-related charges. He was sentenced to 360 months in prison. This was the first sex trafficking trial in the District of Alaska.
Approval Status:Approved
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