Wichita Man Charged With Sex Trafficking of 17-Year-Old
WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita man was charged Tuesday in federal court here with the sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.
John H. Dickerson, 34, Wichita, Kan., was charged with one count of the sex trafficking of a minor and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction.
A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita alleges the case grew out of a human-trafficking enforcement operation conducted by the FBI and the Wichita Police Department. On Saturday, Oct. 15, a detective answered an advertisement on an adult services Web site. He arranged to meet a sex worker at a hotel in Wichita and to pay $200 for an hour of sex.
Dickerson dropped off a 17-year-old girl at the detective’s room. The girl and Dickerson were taken into custody. Investigators learned that that Dickerson had been paid several times to take the girl to meet customers.
If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the trafficking charge, and up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge.
The Wichita Police Department, the FBI and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.