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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 17, 2022

Florida Man Sentenced To 405 Months’ Imprisonment For Sex Trafficking

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on October 14, 2022, John Golom, age 57, of Florida, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani sentenced to 33 years and 9 months in prison for his involvement in a sex trafficking conspiracy.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Golom had previously pleaded guilty to trafficking two women as prostitutes through force, threat, and coercion from 2014 through 2018. Golom recruited women to engage in commercial sex acts, advertised them on websites to attract customers and transported them between Florida and Pennsylvania to conduct his prostitution business. Golom kept all proceeds of the business and used physical violence, threats, and false promises to keep the women working. At sentencing, the Court found that Golom had preyed upon his victims despite knowing that at least one of them was particularly vulnerable because of severe mental illnesses and homelessness. The Court further found that Golom had attempted to obstruct justice by making false statements to the FBI and trying to tamper with his victims’ testimony.

“The United States Attorney’s Office is grateful to the victims in this case for making the truth known,” said U.S. Attorney Karam.  “The women who bravely came forward to hold this trafficker accountable made this successful prosecution possible. They are survivors, who, despite the horrific trauma they suffered at Golom’s hands for years, made it possible for justice to be done here. I am sure that they have spared other potential victims from the same horrors.”

In accordance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the Court ordered Golom to pay over $300,000 in restitution. After serving his sentence of incarceration, Golom will be subject to a ten-year term of supervised release and must comply with sex offender registration requirements as applicable under federal, state, or local law.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Monroe County Detectives Office, Stroud Regional Police Department, and the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni prosecuted the case.

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Updated October 17, 2022