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Toledo man sentenced to 30 years in prison for human trafficking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2012

 

Anthony C. Willoughby was sentenced to 30 years in prison today after a jury previously found him guilty of forcing a 16-year-old girl to engage in commercial sex acts, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland office. 

“The details of this case underscore why it is so important that we continue to work collaboratively and try to eradicate this modern-day slavery,” Dettelbach said. “This defendant preyed upon a weak, vulnerable victim and used her suffering as an opportunity for profit.”

Anthony said: “This case is one of the first human trafficking cases to go to trial in Northern Ohio. Investigating and prosecuting those involved in the sexual exploitation of the most vulnerable of victims in a priority of the FBI. The 30-year sentence imposed today represents the seriousness of the offense and should serve as a deterrent to child predators.”

Willoughby, 39, also known as “P.T.” and “Party Time,” last lived in Toledo, according to court records.

A jury on Dec. 16 found Willoughby guilty on one count of sex trafficking of a minor. Willoughby recruited, enticed, harbored, and transported a juvenile, identified in the indictment as “S.W.,” knowing that by means of force, fraud, and coercion the juvenile was caused to engage in a commercial sex act between February 15, 2009, through March 19, 2009, according to court records.

The victim in this case was 16 at the time of the crime. She had run away from foster care in the winter of 2009 when Willoughby, then 36, agreed to take her in, according to court documents. Willoughby convinced the victim they were in a relationship but then began arranging for “dates” for her from his client list, according to court records.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys James V. Moroney and Ava Rotell Dustin, following an investigation by the Toledo Resident Agency of the Cleveland FBI, and the Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force (NWOVCACTF).

The NWOVCACTF, directed by the FBI Resident Agency in Toledo, Ohio, includes special agents of the FBI and agents and officers from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Ohio Highway Patrol, Toledo Police Department, Lima Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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