Two Tarrant County Men Plead Guilty to Sex Trafficking Charges
FORT WORTH, Texas — Craig Jerome Gadley, Jr., 22, and Joshua Alexander Smith, 24, both of Mansfield, Texas, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton to sex trafficking charges, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. More specifically, Gadley pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and faces not less than 10 years or more than life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Smith pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion and faces not less than 15 years or more than life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencings are set for February 19, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means.
According to plea documents filed in the case, law enforcement learned, in June 2011, that a 16-year-old female, K.P. had been working as a prostitute for Gadley, aka “Cjay the Don,” in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area. K.P. met Gadley while she was working as a stripper at a night club in Fort Worth, Texas, and he promised her that she could earn more money by working for him. Gadley gave K.P. money and took her shopping. Although he knew she was 16-years-old, he told her he didn’t care and that she owed him for the money he had provided her.
Gadley took photographs of K.P. in lingerie and in the nude and then posted advertisements of her on websites used to promote and advertise commercial prostitution. He drove her to hotel rooms in the DFW area and directed her to have sex with men for money. Gadley took all of the proceeds, provided her with necessities such as food and clothing, and provided condoms and hotel rooms for her to use.
Another female, 19-year-old C.W., who worked as a prostitute for Smith, was arrested on July 30, 2011 for prostitution, after undercover officers who saw ads for her on the Internet arranged to meet her at a hotel in Arlington, Texas.
The plea documents further state that Smith and C.W. had dated until he convinced her that she could make a lot of money if she worked for him as a prostitute. She eventually agreed and began working for Smith in May 2011. He placed ads for C.W. on websites that advertised prostitution and received all of the money she earned. He provided her necessities such as food, gas and clothing. He also provided her condoms and hotel rooms for her to use in the Fort Worth area.
C.W. was fearful of Smith. While working for him, he choked her, held her against a wall, poured drinks on her head, pulled her hair and threatened to harm her. He kept pushing her to work longer hours and acquire more clients.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the North Texas Trafficking Task Force, including the Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth Police Departments.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Wolfe is in charge of the prosecution.
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