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SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Marquist Piere Bradford, 28, of Chicago, pleaded guilty today to sex trafficking of children by force, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, in early 2012 Bradford recruited a 15-year-old girl to travel from Fresno to Sacramento where she was used by Bradford as part of a prostitution business from January 19 through February 5, 2012. According to court documents, Bradford maintained an apartment in Rancho Cordova, which he used as a base of operations for a prostitution business that spanned the Sacramento and Bay areas, as well as cities outside California. At least two of Bradford’s victims were under the age of 18. Bradford fled from Sacramento to the Chicago area after law enforcement recovered the victim in this case.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and the Sacramento FBI Innocence Lost Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew G. Morris is prosecuting the case.
Bradford has remained in custody since his arrest in Springfield, Ill. in April 2012. He is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. on October 23, 2014. Bradford faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.