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Memphis Man Sentenced in Federal Court on Sex Trafficking Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2010

Memphis, TN - Leonard Fox a/k/a Anton a/k/a “Daddy”, 43 of Memphis, was sentenced yesterday to 300 months (25 years) in federal prison and 10 years supervised release for his role in the sex trafficking of  young children announced Lawrence J. Laurenzi, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. 

Fox pleaded guilty in February 2009 to a federal civil rights charge for sex trafficking of minors.  Fox admitted to recruiting and obtaining underage girls and arranging for those girls to engage in commercial sex acts for his financial benefit. 

“Leonard Fox will be off the streets of Memphis for 25 years and will no longer be able to prey upon the innocence of young girls and profit at their expense,” said U. S. Attorney Laurenzi.  “The United States Attorney’s Office takes seriously the victimization of our community’s children and will continue to investigate and prosecute these cases.”

Human trafficking prosecutions are a top priority of the Justice Department.  In Fiscal Year 2008, the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices filed a record number of criminal civil rights cases, including record numbers of both sex trafficking and labor trafficking cases.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Parker and Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Jim Felte.  The case was investigated by the Special Agent Tracey Harris with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Memphis Division, the Memphis Police Department and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

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