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Monroe County Man Charged With Sex And Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Fredrick Brown, age 35, of Monroe County, Pennsylvania, was indicted on December 19, 2017, by a federal grand jury on sex and drug trafficking charges.


According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment was unsealed on December 20, 2017, and alleges that between 2011 and 2014 Brown trafficked multiple women as prostitutes through force, threat, and coercion.  One of the victims Brown is alleged to have forced to commit commercial sex acts was under the age of eighteen.  The indictment further charges Brown with distribution and possession with intent to distribute over 280 grams of cocaine base, or “crack.” 


The case was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni.


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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."


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


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 for this offense is a life term of 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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Updated December 21, 2017

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