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Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking of Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- -United States Attorney William N. Nettles stated today that Booker T. Vanderhorst, age 65, of Charleston was indicted in federal court on one count each of Sex Trafficking of Children and Use of Interstate Commerce to Promote Unlawful Activity. Vanderhorst was also indicted on a third count of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.

According to an indictment unsealed in federal court today, between July and October 2012 Vanderhorst prostituted a minor female he knew to be under the age of 18. He was arrested without incident Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which investigated the case.

The Sex Trafficking of Children charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, and a maximum term of imprisonment of life. The Use of Interstate Commerce to Promote an Unlawful Activity carries a maximum sentence of five years, and the Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person carries a maximum sentence of ten years.

Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Williams of the Charleston office is prosecuting the case.  

Mr. Nettles stated that the charges in this Indictment are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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