Toledo man sentenced to more than four years in prison on human trafficking and firearm charges
A Toledo man was sentenced to more than four years in prison after previously pleading guilty to human trafficking and firearms charges, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United Stats Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
“We are committed to stopping the commercial sex industry,” Dettelbach said. “Our office and our partners in the Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force continue to work together to target these horrific crimes.”
Rodney L. Brown, 33, was sentenced to 51 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary.
Brown pleaded guilty on January 23, 2012, to attempting to violate the Mann Act (which prohibits interstate transportation to engage in prostitution), and illegal possession of a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony.
Brown was initially arrested on April 5, 2011, by the Tipp City Police Department on I-75 southbound. In his vehicle was a 20-year-old woman who advised police and federal agents that she was being taken to Indianapolis by Brown to engage in prostitution, and that she was being held against her will, according to court documents.
In pleading guilty, Brown admitted that he was transporting the victim to Indianapolis to engage in prostitution, after pictures of the victim, taken at Brown’s house, were posted on Backpage.com in the Indianapolis area. He also admitted that he possessed a Mossburg Model 500A shotgun, despite a previous robbery conviction. The shotgun was found during a search of Brown’s home executed the day after his initial arrest, according to court records.
This case has been prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James V. Moroney following an investigation by 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.