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

Friday, September 27, 2019

Previously Convicted Sex Trafficker Sentenced To 21 Months’ Imprisonment For Repeat Crime

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Dawan “Finesse” Oliver, age 36, currently an inmate at Dauphin County Prison, was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay an assessment of $5,000 under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act by Senior United States District Judge Yvette Kane for interstate travel in aid of prostitution.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Oliver was sentenced by Judge Kane in 2008 for his participation in a large conspiracy involving trafficking of minor girls and women from Toledo, Ohio, to the Harrisburg area to engage in prostitution.  He was sentenced to serve nine years in federal prison at that time.  Law enforcement authorities in Lower Paxton Township became aware of Oliver engaging in similar conduct in 2018, this time with adult women only.  Upon receiving the information that Oliver had transported a young woman from Toledo to Harrisburg for prostitution, Oliver was arrested and charged federally.  He entered a guilty plea to a one-count indictment charging interstate travel in aid of prostitution in June 2019.  The 21-month sentence imposed by Judge Kane was at the top of the advisory Sentencing Guideline range.

This case was investigated by the Lower Paxton Township Police Department with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney James T. Clancy prosecuted the case. 

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."


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Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 27, 2019