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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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FEBRUARY 4, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESCUE PROJECT


THREE KANSAS MEN INDICTED FOR

SEX TRAFFICKING OF A CHILD


CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO PAY

FOR SEX WITH CHILDREN


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that three Kansas men have been indicted by a federal grand jury, in three separate cases, on charges related to the sex trafficking of children.


            These indictments mark the first time that the U.S. Department of Justice has utilized the Trafficking Victims Protection Act to prosecute customers who allegedly attempt to pay for sex with children. While those who offer to sell children to others for prostitution have been prosecuted in the Western District and elsewhere, today’s indictments are the first in the nation to charge a defendant with attempting to pay for sex with a child.


            “We are aggressively responding to an alarming market for child prostitution by attacking this issue on all fronts,” Wood said. “We are prosecuting those who coerce children into prostitution, as well as their customers who create the demand for child sex trafficking. Federal statutes provide a heavy hammer with tough prison sentences for both buyers and sellers who victimize children.”


            Steven E. Mikoloyck, 47, of Overland Park, Kan., Ryan S. Doerr, 33, of Silverlake, Kan., and Jimmy “Steven” Johnson, 22, of Olathe, Kan., were charged in three separate indictments returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009. Those indictments were unsealed and made public today following the arrest and initial appearance of each defendant.


            The federal indictments allege that Mikoloyck and Doerr attempted to obtain a person under the age of 18 to engage in a commercial sex act on Jan. 31, 2009, and that Johnson attempted to obtain a person under the age of 18 to engage in a commercial sex act on Jan. 29, 2009. Under federal statutes, a conviction on this charge would result in a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in federal prison without parole.


            In addition, Mikoloyck, Doerr and Johnson are each charged with one count of using the Internet and telephone to induce a child to engage in prostitution. Under federal statutes, a conviction on this charge would also result in a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in federal prison without parole.


            Johnson is also charged with one count and Mikoloyck with two counts of traveling across state lines for the purpose of attempting to engage in illicit sexual conduct, that is, a commercial sex act with a person under 18 years of age. Under federal statutes, a conviction on this charge would result in a sentence of up to 30 years in federal prison without parole.


            A forfeiture allegation contained in Johnson’s indictment would require him to forfeit to the government a 2000 Chevrolet pickup, which was used to commit the alleged offenses. A forfeiture allegation contained in Mikoloyck’s indictment would require him to forfeit to the government a 2001 Toyota Corolla, which was used to commit the alleged offenses.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia L. Cordes. They were investigated by the Independence, Mo., Police Department and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department in conjunction with the Human Trafficking Rescue Project.

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