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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 6, 2018

Saginaw Woman Sentenced to 230 Months in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

Meleney Pully, 38, of Saginaw, Michigan was sentenced on April 5, 2018, before United States District Judge Thomas L. Ludington to 230 months in Federal prison for sex trafficking of a minor, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider.

Joining in the announcement were Saginaw County Prosecutor John McColgan and Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel.

As part of her plea, Meleney Pully agreed that beginning in November 2016 and continuing until February 6, 2017, that she acted with her husband to cause a 16 year old minor victim to engage in commercial sex acts. Acting together, they provided the location for the commercial sex acts to occur and took the proceeds from the commercial sex acts. Meleney Pully advertised on a website, backpage.com, soliciting individuals to engage in sexual relations with the minor in exchange for money.

The case was investigated by the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from the Northeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes Task Force (“NEMTEC”).  The prosecution of this case represents a cooperative effort between the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Christopher Rawsthorne of the United States Attorney’s Office. 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 6, 2018