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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Four People Charged With Sex Trafficking Minors in Philadelphia

A superseding indictment was returned today against four people charged with engaging in the sex trafficking of minors in Philadelphia announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. Charged in the superseding indictment are: Collin Cowell (26), a/k/a “Tyson,” Rocio Ramos (38), a/k/a “Delci,” Idalis Mendez (20), a/k/a “Dali,” and Robert Broaddus (23), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

According to the indictment, the defendants are charged with sex trafficking 3 Minors. Mendez was further charged with one count of production of child pornography. Cowell and Mendez were also charged with one count of distributing child pornography.

 

If convicted, the defendants face the following statutory maximum possible sentences: Cowell, life imprisonment with a 10-year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment; Ramos, life imprisonment with a 10-year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment; Mendez, life imprisonment with a 15-year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment; and Broaddus, life imprisonment with a 10-year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment, plus possible fines, restitution, and special assessments.

 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melanie Babb Wilmoth.

 

An Indictment, Information or Criminal Complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated February 2, 2017