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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Brandon Lamont Walton, 38, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to 10 years in prison for transportation for illegal sexual activity, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, in June 2013, Walton contacted an 18-year-old female using an online social networking website. Soon thereafter, they met in person, and he transported her from Washington state to California where he posted online advertisements that offered her for paid sexual services. In July of 2013, he transported her to New Mexico and Texas, where he continued that activity. In mid-July, the victim’s mother contacted police in Texas, and they helped to arrange the victim’s return to her mother. At an earlier sentencing hearing, the district court determined that the victim credibly testified that the defendant sexually assaulted her during the course of his crime.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes FBI agents and detectives from the Sacramento Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Michele Beckwith and Jason Hitt prosecuted the case.