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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Two Duluth Men Sentenced To Prison For Sex Trafficking A 15-Year-Old

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of ANDRE MATHIS, JR., a/k/a Isaac Brown, 33, AMOS KIPROP KOECH, 44, for sex trafficking a 15-year-old minor. MATHIS, who pleaded guilty on January 10, 2019, was sentenced to 292 months in prison. KOECH, who was convicted by a federal jury on January 22, 2019, was sentenced to 130 months in prison. Both defendants were sentenced yesterday before Senior Judge Donovan W. Frank in U.S. District Court in Duluth, Minnesota.

“The significant prison sentences handed down are a just punishment for the heinous crimes these individuals committed against a vulnerable young girl,” said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. “This is a sad, but very real, example of how child sex trafficking can occur in any city or community. My office, the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, and our law enforcement partners are committed to rooting out this type of predatory conduct.”

According to evidence presented at trial and admissions made as part of MATHIS’s guilty plea, from June 17 through July 7, 2017, MATHIS recruited and solicited a 15-year-old minor to engage in commercial sex. MATHIS physically and sexually abused the minor, he provided her with street drugs and alcohol, told her how she could make money in exchange for sex, and promised her clothes and a better life. MATHIS took sexually suggestive photographs of the minor, which he used to attract prospective commercial sex buyers. MATHIS also monitored the minor’s communication with her parents and instructed her to tell them that everything was fine.

According to evidence presented at trial and admissions made as part of MATHIS’s guilty plea, MATHIS sold the minor to KOECH on one or more occasions. As part of the conspiracy to traffic the minor, MATHIS and KOECH negotiated with each other regarding the amount MATHIS would charge for a commercial sex act with the minor. The trafficking ended when law enforcement found the minor hidden in a bedroom closet while MATHIS was also present in the apartment.

MATHIS was also charged in St. Louis County with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which he pleaded guilty to as part of the global plea agreement filed with the U.S. District Court.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Duluth Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura M. Provinzino prosecuted the case with Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan D. Holets.

 

Defendant Information:

ANDRE MATHIS, JR., a/k/a Isaac Brown, 33

Duluth, Minn.

Convicted:

  • Sex trafficking of a minor, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 292 months in prison
  • 20 years of supervised release
  • Restitution ordered – amount to be determined at a later date

 

AMOS KIPROP KOECH, 44

Duluth, Minn.

Convicted:

  • Conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor, 1 count
  • Sex trafficking of a minor, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 130 months in prison
  • 10 years of supervised release
  • Restitution ordered – amount to be determined at a later date

 

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Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
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Updated July 30, 2019