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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Illinois

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sex Trafficker Sentenced To 25 Years In Federal Prison For Engaging In Prostitution With Minors

CHICAGO — A Chicago man was sentenced today to 25 years in federal prison for engaging in numerous paid sexual acts with underage girls, along with restitution of approximately $240,000 to be paid into a trust fund for the victims and a $100,000 fine.

WILLIAM WHITLEY paid four minors to engage in sex acts with him on multiple occasions from 2012 to 2016.  Three of the victims were runaways at the time they encountered Whitley.  Two of his victims were 14 years old when Whitley first took advantage of them.  At the time of the criminal conduct, Whitley was employed as an officer with the Chicago Police Department.

Whitley, 62, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of sex trafficking of a minor.  U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall imposed the sentence in federal court in Chicago.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Substantial assistance was provided by the Carol Stream Police Department, Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“Defendant engaged in the sexual exploitation of children, which is one of the most heinous crimes one can commit,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Streicker, Elizabeth Pozolo and Michelle Petersen argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum.  “Defendant victimized young runaways and caused his victims irreparable harm and trauma by causing them to engage in commercial sex on numerous occasions.”

The investigation revealed that Whitley took nude photographs of some of his victims, and he provided some of them with marijuana to smoke.  Whitley also openly displayed his status as a Chicago police officer during his sex trafficking conduct.  He was in a police car and wearing his police uniform when he first met one of his victims.  Two of his victims reported that Whitley often kept a loaded handgun under the pillow of his bed, where the sex acts took place.

If you believe you are a victim of sexual exploitation, you are encouraged to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.  The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Human Trafficking
Updated September 13, 2018