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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sacramento Police Detective Receives Award for His Contribution to the Mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner is pleased to announce the 2014 winner of the Eastern District of California Law Enforcement Award for Outstanding Investigator in the Sacramento Division. This award is one of four awards presented annually to a law enforcement agency and an officer in the Sacramento and Fresno divisions of the Eastern District of California to recognize outstanding collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement in addressing public safety issues in this region.

The winner of Sacramento Division’s Outstanding Investigator Award is Sacramento Police Detective Derek Stigerts for his work investigating crimes involving the sex trafficking of minors. Over the years, Detective Stigerts has worked on some of the most significant sex trafficking cases prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Two of those cases were brought against violent pimps Deandre Brown and Steven McKesson and resulted in lengthy federal prison sentences. Just last year, Detective Stigerts was instrumental in the conviction of Percy Love, a sex trafficker currently awaiting sentencing by the district court. None of those results would have been possible without Detective Stigerts’ dedication and expertise. He is a nationally recognized expert on sex trafficking crimes, and he frequently provides training to other law enforcement agencies. Even more important is Detective Stigerts’ unseen work with the victims of these crimes, helping them to reach the point where they can tell their stories and move forward with their lives.

U.S. Attorney Wagner stated: “It is my honor to recognize Derek Stigerts for the incredibly difficult and important work that he does. He brings some of our most dangerous criminals to justice, and he protects and assists some of the most vulnerable members of our community. It is because of Derek’s and his colleagues’ hard work that the Eastern District of California is seen as a national leader in the investigation and prosecution of the commercial exploitation of children. We thank him for his service.”

Earlier this year, two of the 2014 awards were presented to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office and the Fresno County Sheriff’s office for their outstanding work in cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The fourth and final award winner will be announced next week.

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Updated May 13, 2015