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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fort Worth Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for His Role in Sex Trafficking of Children

       FORT WORTH, Texas — Pierre Lagrone, aka “P” or “Pedro,” 34, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor, to life in federal prison, announced Erin Nealy Cox U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Texas.

       Following a four-day trial in April 2018, Lagrone and co-conspirators, Herman Sanders, aka “Pooh,” 29, and Demarcus Davis, aka “Zigg,” 26, were found guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of underage girls. Sanders was previously sentenced before Judge O’Connor to 420 months and Davis is scheduled for sentencing July 30, 2018.

       According to evidence presented at trial, Lagrone and Davis were violent pimps who recruited, controlled, and profited off underage female victims through commercial sex acts. Lagrone and Davis recruited and advertised underage female victims for commercial sex acts. The defendants communicated with potential clients, collected proceeds, and paid for motels rooms and supplies. Lagrone and Davis kept almost all, if not all, of the proceeds of the commercial sex acts, providing only food, shelter, and occasional clothing to the underage female victims. Sanders conspired with and assisted Lagrone in this sex trafficking.

       This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Worth, Tyler and Arlington Police Departments.  Assistant U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl and Nicole Dana were in charge of the prosecution.

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Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
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Contact: 
Janet Pearre janet.pearre@usdoj.gov 214-659-8600
Updated July 24, 2018