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TWO BROWARD MEN SENTENCED FOR SEX TRAFFICKING OF MINOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2010

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, Carlos Noriega, Chief, Miami Beach Police Department, and James K. Loftus, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, announced that defendants Robert Cox, 41, of Ft. Lauderdale, and Timothy Myers, 41, of Margate, were sentenced on Friday, May 28, 2010, on violations of sex trafficking of children, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1591.

On March 16, 2010, a jury in Fort Lauderdale found Cox guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children and two counts of sex trafficking of children. The jury found Myers guilty of two counts of sex trafficking of children. On May 28, 2010, U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn sentenced Cox to fifteen years in prison, to be followed by ten years of supervised release. Judge Cohn sentenced Myers to ten years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

According to evidence produced during the trial, in April, 2009, Cox recruited a seventeen year old girl in Broward County to work for him as a prostitute. On several occasions, he picked up the minor from a location near her home and took her to hotels and other locations to prostitute. On one occasion, Cox also prostituted a sixteen year old friend of the first minor. Myers assisted Cox by posting advertisements for the minors on the Internet.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, Miami Beach Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department and the City of Miami Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott Edenfield and Sivashree Sundaram.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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