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July 19, 2012

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Houston Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking of a Minor for Commercial Sex

HOUSTON – Jeremy Jacobi Scott aka “J Moe,” 28, of Houston, has been ordered detained pending trial on charges of sex trafficking of a minor, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

Scott was indicted by a grand jury on July 11, 2012, and arrested two days later by members of the Houston FBI Innocence Lost Task Force. Scott is charged with one count of trafficking of a child under 18 for commercial sex while knowing she was underage and using force, fraud or coercion to cause her to engage in a commercial sex act.

According to information presented in court today, between February and March 2011, Scott would allegedly pick the 14-year-old victim up at a school bus stop and drive her around town in an effort to gain her trust. He allegedly supplied her with marijuana and took her to a music studio where he recorded rap songs. The lyrics of some of his songs glorify prostitution and “pimping” and were consistent with terms used by persons who exploit women and minors for commercial sex. Once he gained her trust, he allegedly had sex with her, photographed her and used those photos to place advertisements for her services on a website known for the advertisement of prostitution services. According to evidence, the victim witnessed Scott beating another girl recruited to work for him and he kept all monies she earned.  

After hearing the evidence in court today, U.S. Magistrate Judge George C. Hanks remanded Scott to custody pending trial. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison as well as a $250,000 possible fine. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Scott also faces a maximum of life on supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Houston FBI Innocence Lost Task Force, which includes such agencies as the Houston Police Department, conducted the investigation which was developed using on line advertisements for victim’s services and hotel records from several hotels. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sherri L. Zack and Special Assistant United States Attorney Angela Goodwin.

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