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Press Release

Alexandria Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking 14-Year-Old Girl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Tayron Tyree Weeks, 24, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty yesterday to engaging in the sex trafficking of a child.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police; Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Earl L. Cook, Alexandria Chief of Police, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis, III.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Weeks admitted that he met a 14-year-old girl at the Braddock Road Metro Station and eventually took the girl to a friend’s apartment in Alexandria, where Weeks engaged in sexual acts with her.  Weeks then asked the victim if she was interested in earning money by selling her body, and Weeks encouraged the girl to do so.  The victim told Weeks that she was only 14 years old, and Weeks responded “money is money,” and something to the effect of “You might as well get paid for something most girls do for free.”

The victim eventually contacted the police and allowed the police to use her Facebook account.  While posing as the victim, police personnel told Weeks about a fictitious girl named “Alisha,” who purportedly wanted to be prostituted.  A Fairfax County Police detective posed as “Alisha” and called Weeks on the telephone.  Weeks described to “Alisha” how the prostitution would work.  Weeks also informed “Alisha” that she and the victim would perform sex acts with the same customer because customers would pay more for this simultaneous service.

On a few occasions, Weeks and “Alisha” discussed the unlawfulness of prostituting underage girls, and Weeks conceded to “Alisha” that his prostitution of the victim and “Alisha” could result in imprisonment for many years.  Weeks also informed a friend that he intended to prostitute underage girls, and the friend told Weeks that such conduct would constitute “sex trafficking,” that sex trafficking was unlawful and immoral, and that this conduct would likely result in Weeks being imprisoned.  Weeks responded that he did not think the police would catch him.

Weeks faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 12, 2014.  The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This case was investigated by the Fairfax County Police Department, the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and the Alexandria Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Frank is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:14-cr-313.

Updated March 25, 2015