4 Indicted in Sex Trafficking Case
SACRAMENTO, CA- A federal grand jury has returned indictments for two cases that charge four defendants with sex trafficking, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
In the first case, a criminal complaint states that on July 22, 2013, Sacramento Police officers were called to a report of domestic violence and found Percy Love, III, 31, of Sacramento, asleep in the front seat of a car with the victim, whose sister had called in the report, sitting in the back. The victim explained to officers that she was in a "working relationship" with Percy. She claimed that Percy had beaten her many times, and she had bruises and cigarette burns on her hand, arm, and stomach. Percy was arrested that night for domestic violence and possession of Ecstasy.
Percy is charged today with two counts: one involving actions that took place between June 4, 2013 and July 22, 2013; and the second count involving actions with another victim between December 26, 2007 and December 31, 2007. Both counts allege that he knowingly harbored, transported, provided, and maintained by any means a person, knowing that means of force, threats of force, fraud, coercion, and any combination of such means would be used to cause the person to engage in a commercial sex act.
In the second case, a two-count indictment charges Keon Nunnelly, 29, Sharon King, 30, and Kia Moore, 27, all of Sacramento, with sex trafficking of a minor. The indictment alleges that between June 4, 2013 and July 22, 2013, the defendants knowingly harbored and transported a person knowing that force, threats of force, coercion, and any combination of such means would be used to cause the person to engage in a commercial sex act. The indictment alleges in count two that on the same dates, the defendants knowingly benefitted from that person's engaging in a commercial sex act.
The indictment also alleges that on or about April 16, 2013, Keon Nunnelly produced child pornography when he took pictures of the victim and posted them on a website for advertisement purposes.
These cases are the product of investigations by the FBI's Innocence Lost Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional task force composed of representative from the FBI, the Sacramento Police Department, and the Sacramento County Sheriff. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Reardon is prosecuting the cases.
If convicted, Love faces 10 years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime period of supervised release. The other defendants face 15 years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime period of supervised release. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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