Monday, February 19, 2007

California: Stockton Man Gets 40 Years for Child Prostitution

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA -- A Stockton man convicted of trafficking children for sex was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison.

Will Moss Jr., 31, will have to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence, will spend 10 years on supervised release after his prison term and must register for life as a sex offender, according to the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento.

During trial, witnesses testified that up to seven women, two of them under the age of 18, worked for Moss as prostitutes. They testified that they traveled between Stockton and Las Vegas and that Moss beat them and brandished firearms to keep them quiet, according to a press release isued by U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott's office.

A jury convicted Moss on June 21 of 12 criminal counts including sex trafficking of children and firearms violations. District Judge Edward J. Garcia said he handed down the stiff sentence because of Moss' brutality, according to prosecutors Carolyn Delaney, Michael Beckwith and Laura Ferris.

The case was initially investigated by the Stockton Police Department and also involved the FBI.


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