Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mansfield men plead guilty to sex-trafficking charges - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Two Mansfield men have pleaded guilty to federal sex-trafficking charges involving teen-aged girls who authorities say were recruited from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Craig Jerome Gadley, 22, and Joshua Alexander Smith, 24, entered their plea Wednesday in a Fort Worth federal courtroom.Gadley pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and Smith enter the same plea to a charge of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion.Smith faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine while Gadley faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.The two are scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 19 before U.S. District Judge Terry Means.Federal authorities learned in June 2011 that a 16-year-old girl had been working as a prostitute for Gadley, who was known as "Cjay the Don" in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to court documents.The girl told authorities that she met Gadley while working as an exotic dancer at a Fort Worth nightclub, and he promised her that she could earn more money by working for him, documents stated. He gave her money and took her shopping.Gadley took photographs of her in lingerie and in the nude, and then posted advertisements of her on websites, according to the news release.He drove her to hotel rooms throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and directed her to have sex with men for money, federal authorities said.Gadley took all the money, providing her with just food, clothing and condoms for her to use, according to the documents.Last year, Smith and a 19-year-old woman dated until he convinced her that she could make a lot of money if she worked for him as a prostitute, federal authorities said.She agreed and began working for him in May 2011 as he placed ads on websites about her, authorities said.Smith paid for hotel rooms in the Fort Worth area and bought food, gas, clothing and condoms for her to use, according to the news release.The 19-year-old told federal authorities that she feared Smith because he had choked her, pulled her hair and threatened her.Smith also kept requiring her to work longer hours and acquire more clients.The 19-year-old girl was arrested on July 30, 2011 after undercover officers saw online ads for her and arranged for a meeting with her in an Arlington hotel room, federal authorities said.The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, the North Texas Trafficking Task Force, and police departments from Arlington, Dallas and For Worth.Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763Twitter: @mingoramirezjr.

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