Two Alleged Pimps Facing Federal Indictment for Kidnapping and Sex Trafficking of a Child
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment today against Rayvon O. Archibald, a/k/a “P Money,” “Keyvon M. Malone,” “Keyvon Smith,” and “Snoopy,” age 24, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Jonathan M. Went, a/k/a “Jon Maxx,” and “Max Out,” age 30, of Massachusetts and Gwynn Oak, Maryland. The original indictment charged Archibald and Went with sex trafficking of a child. The superseding indictment adds charges for conspiracy, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in prostitution, and kidnapping.
The superseding indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.
The four count superseding indictment alleges that Archibald and Went were pimps, engaged in the business of recruiting, transporting, providing, and maintaining by any means females to engage in commercial sex acts. Archibald and Went used the internet to purchase and post advertisements for commercial sex in Maryland, New York, and elsewhere.
According to the superseding indictment, on March 5, 2014, Archibald encountered Girl 1, a female under the age of 14, in New York City and provided her with alcohol and drugs. On March 6, 2014, Archibald transported Girl 1, against her will, traveling by bus from New York to White Marsh, Maryland, then by taxi to Went’s apartment in Gwynn Oak. That same day, Archibald and Went allegedly posted an advertisement on a commercial sex website soliciting customers for Girl 1 which listed the number for a phone controlled by Archibald and Went. They also instructed Girl 1 on pricing for commercial sex acts and provided her with a document that included prices.
The superseding indictment alleges that on March 6 and March 7, 2014, Archibald and Went communicated with potential commercial sex customers and made appointments for Girl 1 by telephone and text messages; took money from customers in exchange for making Girl 1 available to engage in sex acts; and provided condoms to Girl 1 and the customers to facilitate sex acts involving Girl 1. Further, the indictment alleges that Archibald slapped Girl 1 across the face after she failed to obtain money for Archibald and Went from a commercial sex customer, and that Archibald took a mobile device away from Girl 1. She had been using the device in an attempt to alert her mother and law enforcement officers about her situation and location.
Archibald and Went face up to life in prison for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a child; a minimum of 15 years and up to life in prison for sex trafficking of a child; a minimum of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison for transportation of a minor with intent to engage in prostitution; and a minimum of 25 years and up to life in prison for kidnapping. An initial appearance on the superseding indictment has not yet been scheduled. Archibald and Went were previously ordered to be detained pending trial.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
The case was investigated by the FBI-led Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force (MCETF), created in 2010 to combat child prostitution, with members from10 state and federal law enforcement agencies. The Task Force coordinates with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit to identify missing children being advertised online for prostitution.
MCETF partners with the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members. For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/md/priorities_human.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended FBI, Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland State Police and the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zachary A. Myers and Mark W. Crooks, who are prosecuting the case.