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Toledoans indicted on sex trafficking of minors charges

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From a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice:

TOLEDO, OH - Five Toledo residents have been indicted on federal charges of sex trafficking of minors stemming from two unrelated schemes, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven M. Dettelbach announced Monday.

"There is nothing more precious than the innocence of children," Dettelbach said. "The behavior laid out in these indictments is horrifying. In both cases, teens were recruited and then induced into selling themselves."

Roy D. Calhoun, AKA "Lucky", age 27; Marissa M. Mayers, AKA "Mia" and "Jewels", age 21, and Damien J. Harris, age 22, were indicted on the following four charges: sex trafficking of a minor; conspiracy; transportation of a minor and coercion and enticement.

In an unrelated case, Brandon M. Robinsion, AKA "B-Money", age 27, and Anniesha N Whitt, AKA "Buttercup", age 24, were indicted on charges of sex trafficking of a minor and transportation of a minor.

All five live in Toledo, Ohio, according to court records.

The indictment charges that from 2007 through 2010, Calhoun, Mayers and Harris recruited females, including minors, to work as prostitutes, and that Calhoun would beat and assault the females who worked for him and threatened those who left or attempted to quit working as prostitutes.

As early as 2007, Calhoun and Mayers posted advertisements on craigslist.com and caused minors to engage in sex acts in Toledo-area hotels and at Calhoun's residence, according to the charges.

Mayers also worked as a prostitute and traveled from Toledo to Detroit, Louisville, New York City, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Monroe, Michigan to engage in sex acts and then turn the proceeds over to Calhoun, according to the charges.

In 2007, Calhoun and Mayers caused a minor under the age of 18 identified as "A.S." to engage in commercial sex acts, according to the charges.

In 2007, Calhoun and Mayers caused a minor under the age of 18 identified as "K.H." to engage in commercial sex acts, according to the charges.

In April 2009, several females occupied rooms at the Motel 6 on Heatherdowns Boulevard in Toledo to engage in prostitution for the benefit of Calhoun, according to the charges.

In another case, Robinson and Whitt are also charged with sex trafficking of a minor.

From June 12, 2009 until on or about June 23, 2008, Robinson and Whitt caused a minor under the age of 18 identified as "C.B." to engage in commercial sex acts, according to the charges. They also transported her from Toledo to Monroe, Michigan with the intent that "C.B." engage in prostitution and sexual activity, according to the charges.

If convicted, the defendants' sentences will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant's prior criminal record, if any, the defendant's role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentences will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The investigations preceding the indictments were conducted by the Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force (NWOCACTF). The task force was formed in 2006 to address a significant child prostitution problem in the Toledo area and northwest Ohio. It operates as one of 38 task forces under the FBI's Innocence Lost national initiative.

The NWOVCACTF includes investigators from the FBI, Toledo Police Vice and Narcotics units, Lima Police Department, the Sheriff's Office for Fulton and Ottawa counties, and the Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

Both cases are being handled by Assistant United States Attorney James V. Moroney.

These are the third and fourth cases of sex trafficking of a minor filed recently in the Toledo area by the U.S. Attorney's office following investigations by the NWOVCACTF..

In September, Mark A. Fetter, 28, was indicted on charges of sex trafficking of a minor.

Last month, Anthony C. Willoughby, of Toledo, was indicted on charges of sex trafficking of a minor.

Both of those cases are pending.

Last week, the FBI, working with its local and state partners, conducted an enforcement action as part of its Innocence Lost National Initiative.

In the Toledo area, 32 adult prostitutes were identified or arrested, five johns were arrested, six pimps were arrested and two female child victims, age 12 and 14, were recovered.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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