Federal Jury Finds Sacramento Man Guilty of Sex Trafficking
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a six-day trial, a federal jury found Antonio Deshawn Long-Andrews, 28, of Sacramento, guilty of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, between August 2017 and Dec. 5, 2018, Long targeted a young woman using force, threats of force, and coercion to cause her to perform commercial sex acts for his financial benefit. Long’s commercial sex operation occurred on the streets and inside motel rooms in Northern and Southern California cities, including Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Ana, and Orange.
According to evidence presented at trial, on Sept. 28, 2018, as part of his sex trafficking operation, Long repeatedly punched the victim inside his car in the parking lot of a motel. During the attack, the victim tried to exit the car, but an associate of Long kept her inside the car while Long continued to beat her. An eyewitness saw the attack, and the motel’s security camera recorded the victim being dragged under Long’s car. Although the victim was injured and had two black eyes, a week later, Long continued to engage her in commercial sex acts for his benefit.
During recorded calls from the Sacramento County Jail, Long maintained control over the victim, conveying that she was expected to earn money for him by selling her body to strangers. After Long’s release from the Sacramento County Jail, Long continued his exploitation of the victim from late November 2018 until his arrest on Dec. 5, 2018.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Police Department, the California Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The California Highway Patrol, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason Hitt, Christina McCall, and Nirav Desai are prosecuting the case.
Long is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez on Oct. 18, 2022. Long faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000. The sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.