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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 7, 2016

Couple Sentenced For Child Sex Trafficking

TULSA, Okla.—Ryan Patrick Wise, of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Jasmine Lynch, of Jacksonville, Florida, were sentenced to 210 months and 120 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma. United States District Court Judge John E. Dowdell presided over both cases.

Wise and Lynch were each charged by a second superseding indictment in May 2016. Both defendants pleaded guilty in June 2016.

According to court documents, in November 2015, Wise and Lynch recruited, enticed, provided, and advertised a 14-year-old girl from Tulsa to engage in commercial sex acts with adult men. They rented hotel and motel rooms in Tulsa to provide the underage girl for prostitution purposes and advertised the girl for sex on Backpage.com.

The case was investigated by the Tulsa Police Department; and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Trent Shores.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood and internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Updated October 7, 2016