Tarrant County Men Sentenced In Sex Trafficking Case
FORT WORTH, Texas — Craig Jerome Gadley, Jr., 23, and Joshua Alexander Smith, 25, both of Mansfield, Texas, were each sentenced on Monday, June 3, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means, to 15-year federal prison sentences, following their guilty pleas last year to sex trafficking charges. Specifically, Gadley pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and Smith pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion. The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to plea documents filed in the case, law enforcement learned, in June 2011, that a 16-year-old female, Jane Doe #1, had been working as a prostitute for Gadley, aka “Cjay the Don,” in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area. Jane Doe #1 met Gadley while she was working as a stripper at a night club in Fort Worth, Texas, and he promised her that she could earn more money by working for him. Gadley gave Jane Doe #1 money and took her shopping. Although he knew she was 16-years-old, he told her he didn’t care and that she owed him for the money he had provided her.
Gadley took photographs of Jane Doe #1 in lingerie and in the nude and then posted advertisements of her on websites used to promote and advertise commercial prostitution. He drove her to hotel rooms in the DFW area and directed her to have sex with men for money. Gadley took all of the proceeds, provided her with necessities such as food and clothing, and provided condoms and hotel rooms for her to use.
Another female, 19-year-old, Jane Doe #2, who worked as a prostitute for Smith, was arrested on July 30, 2011 for prostitution, after undercover officers who saw ads for her on the Internet arranged to meet her at a hotel in Arlington, Texas.
The plea documents further state that Smith and Jane Doe #2 had dated until he convinced her that she could make a lot of money if she worked for him as a prostitute. She eventually agreed and began working for Smith in May 2011. He placed ads for Jane Doe #2 on websites that advertised prostitution and received all of the money she earned. He provided her necessities such as food, gas and clothing. He also provided her condoms and hotel rooms for her to use in the Fort Worth area.
Jane Doe #2 was fearful of Smith. While working for him, he choked her, held her against a wall, poured drinks on her head, pulled her hair and threatened to harm her. He kept pushing her to work longer hours and acquire more clients.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the North Texas Trafficking Task Force, including the Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth Police Departments.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Wolfe was in charge of the prosecution.