TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A Toledo man has been indicted for sex trafficking children, after an investigation conducted by the Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force and FBI.
An indictment has been filed charging Duane Hill, 25, of Toledo, with sex trafficking of children and obstructing the investigation of child sex trafficking, says Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Count one charges that around Aug. 8, Hill recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, obtained and affected interstate commerce with "A.W." Hill knowingly and recklessly disregarded the fact that "A.W." was not 18 years old and would engage in a commercial sex act.
Count two charges that around Sept. 6, Hill provided false and misleading information to investigators assigned to the Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force, who were investigating the offense charged in count one.
If convicted, Hill's sentence will be determined by the court after reviewing factors unique to the case, including his prior criminal record, role in the offense, and characteristics of the violation.
In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum, and in most cases, it will be less than the maximum. For convictions of sex trafficking of minors, the law provides a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison, and a maximum term of life in prison. Additionally, any term of imprisonment must be followed by a term of supervised release of at least five years, and up to life.
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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