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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 8, 2016

Phoenix Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of Children

     PHOENIX - Today, Abram Kyle O’Bannon, 31, of Phoenix, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi to 14 years’ incarceration, to be followed by a 20 year term of supervised release.  O’Bannon previously pleaded guilty to attempted sex trafficking of children. 

     “My office places a high priority on investigating and prosecuting human traffickers, who prey on the weak and vulnerable for financial advantage,” said U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo.  “I am hopeful that today’s fourteen-year sentence will send a strong message that such conduct will be punished severely.”

     O’Bannon was responsible for the sex trafficking of a juvenile in Phoenix, Ariz., during a four-day period in October 2014.  On October 15, 2015, the Phoenix Police Department Vice Enforcement Unit recovered the juvenile victim during an undercover operation. 

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Phoenix Police Department, and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.  The prosecution was handled by Robert Brooks and Christine Keller, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

 

CASE NUMBER:           CR-CR14-1530-PHX-JJT

RELEASE NUMBER:   2016-007_O’Bannon

 

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2016-007_O’Bannon
Topic: 
Human Trafficking
Updated February 8, 2016