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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – On September 7, 2018, Corrie Gillispie, 42, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 396 months in federal prison.
After a seven-day jury trial in April 2018, Gillispie was convicted of kidnaping, two counts of commercial sex trafficking, transportation for prostitution, and money laundering. According to documents on file with U.S. District Court and evidence produced during the trial, Gillispie romantically pursued a victim and convinced her to travel to another state to meet him. When the victim arrived, Gillispie informed her that he was a pimp and restrained and assaulted the victim when she attempted to leave his vehicle. The victim was ultimately held against her will by Gillispie and forced to engage in commercial sex, from which he benefitted financially, through threats of force, fraud and coercion.
During the trial and the sentencing hearing, Judge McDonough found Gillispie acted disrespectfully with an intention to obstruct the administration of justice and sentenced Gillispie to an additional 12 months in prison for contempt.
Agencies involved in this investigation included U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, Chattanooga Police Department, FBI, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Woods represented the United States in court proceedings.
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