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CASE NAME:United States v. Don L. Elbert II
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Don L. Elbert II, Denichard Etienne
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DOCKET NUMBER:06-00257-01-CR-W-ODS
SOURCE:Lexis Search, FBI website
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Ortrie D. Smith
YEAR OF ARREST:2006
YEAR OF VERDICT:2007
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Missouri
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:3
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution (johns/other buyers)
FIRST CHARGE:Sex trafficking of a child
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:96
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$524,571
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:561 F.3d 771
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendant Don Elbert trafficked three sisters, a 15-year old and two 14-year old twins, in Kansas City, Missouri. According to information provided by the victims to law enforcement, Elbert picked up the victims shortly after meeting them outside of a liquor store. Elbert then coerced the victims – who lived with him - into engaging in commercial sex acts. Elbert demanded that each child earn a minimum of 60 dollars each night; the girls were not permitted to leave the streets until Elbert was satisfied that they had earned enough money. Elbert warned the children they he was monitoring them at all times. He also sexually assaulted all three victims. Elbert was arrested in June 2006, following the arrest of the one of the victims in a prostitution sting. Elbert pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a child and was sentenced to eight years imprisonment, followed by 15 years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $524,571 in victim restitution.
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