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CASE NAME:United States v. Joshua Payer
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Joshua Payer
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DOCKET NUMBER:4:10-cr-40081
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search, Non-DOJ Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Karen E. Schreier
YEAR OF ARREST:2010
YEAR OF VERDICT:2011
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:South Dakota
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:3 +
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):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution (johns/other buyers)
FIRST CHARGE:Dispensation of Controlled Substances
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1); 18 U.S.C. § 2(a)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:22 months
SECOND CHARGE:Conspiracy to sex traffic children by force, fraud, or coercion
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591(a)(1)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:Payer v. United States, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 186766
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Deny
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendant Joshua Payer was a doctor who participated in the sexual trafficking of minors in South Dakota. Payer was part of a trafficking ring organized by Brandon Thompson and Megan Hays of Tea, SD. Payer was engaged in commercial sex acts with minors. He also illegally provided prescription painkillers to the victims. Payer knew that the minor girls were being held against their will, though he did nothing to stop the trafficking. Payer pled guilty to dispensation of a controlled substance and sex trafficking of children and was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment.
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