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CASE NAME:United States v. Leighton Martin Curtis
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Leighton Martin Curtis
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DOCKET NUMBER:11-60065-CR-LENARD/O'SULLIVAN
SOURCE:Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
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YEAR OF ARREST:2011
YEAR OF VERDICT:2012
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Florida
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern 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
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Pornography, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of a Minor
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), 1591(b)(2)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Production of Child Pornography
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:360 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$54,500
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction, Appealed Sentence
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HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendant Leighton Curtis was victim's pimp for over a year. Victim was a 15-year-old runaway who had posted nude pictures of herself online as advertisements for commercial sex. Defendant recruited the victim by calling the phone number on the website and asking her to join his "family." Victim's webcam included video of the naked defendant sitting with the victim on the bed, a phone call with an unidentified female the defendant was trying to recruit, and two phone calls with potential johns for the victim. Defendant took nude photos of the victim and put them on websites such as Craigslist.org and Backpage.com. Defendant was convicted of producing child pornography and sex trafficking and was sentenced to 360 months imprisonment.
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