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July 25, 2012

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Houston Man Enters Held for Transporting a Child for Commercial Sex 

HOUSTON – Jason Daniel Gandy, 35, of Houston, has been ordered held without bond as a flight risk and danger to the community, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Gandy was charged by criminal complaint for transportation of a minor for a commercial sex act. 

Today, U.S. Magistrate Judge George C. Hanks, Jr., ordered he remain in custody pending further criminal proceedings. 

The complaint indictates Gandy was stopped by immigration officers in the United Kingdom after he and a minor male child arrived in London on a flight which originated in Houston. According to the complaint, London officials suspected something amiss with a 35-year-old male traveling with a 15-year-old male who are not related. Both individuals were returned to Houston on separate airplanes. Upon arrival in Houston, they were met by agents of Homeland Security Investigations. Their investigation revealed that Gandy allegedly runs a massage business out of his home and he was using the 15-year-old boy to give massages.The individuals paying for the massages were allegedly allowed to fondle the child during the massage and the child was required to sexually gratify the customers, according to evidence in court today.

The trip to London and the passport fees for the child were paid for by Gandy who intended to perform massages in London, according to the information presented in court. The investigation also revealed Gandy molested the child on more than one occasion and intended to continue to do so.   

Gandy faces a minimum of 10 years imprisonment and up to life as well as a maximum fine of $250,000. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Gandy also faces a maximum lifetime term of supervised release. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sherri L. Zack.

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