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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 30, 2018

Kutztown Man Charged With Sex Trafficking A Minor And Drug Trafficking

HARRISBURG- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Willie James Johnson, age 57, of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, was indicted on March 28, 2018, by a federal grand jury for sex trafficking of a minor and drug trafficking.   

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that from September 2014 to October 2015, Johnson trafficked a minor in York County for commercial sex acts. The indictment also alleges that between January 2013 and October 2017, Johnson distributed and possessed with the intent to distribute heroin in York County.   

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Northern York Regional Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chelsea Schinnour is prosecuting the case. 

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit  www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

This case was also brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin Initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law is life imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 30, 2018