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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tulsa Man Sentenced To More Than 7 Years In Prison For Child Sex Trafficking

TULSA, Okla. — Damian Deshane Wardell, a/k/a “Fray Fray,” 40, of Tulsa, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan to serve 92 months in federal prison on charges related to child sex trafficking, announced Danny C. Williams Sr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

In February, a Federal Grand Jury charged Wardell by Indictment with crimes related to Sex Trafficking of a Child. He pleaded guilty on May 6, 2014.

According to court documents, Wardell admitted, from November 19 to 22, 2013, he prostituted a 16-year-old female at a Tulsa area motel. The victim’s mother alerted the Tulsa Police Department to her daughter’s whereabouts. Tulsa Police Department officers arrested Wardell and found the victim and two other juvenile females in the motel room.

The case was investigated by the Tulsa Police Department’s Vice Unit and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Trent Shores and Clinton Johnson on behalf of the United States.

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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.

Updated July 14, 2015