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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 21, 2016

Kidnapper Who Planned to Sell Victim into Sex Slavery is Sentenced to 204 Months in Federal Prison

DALLAS — Gregory Steven Hunt, a/k/a “K.C.,” of Dallas, was sentenced on Friday to 204 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in April 2015 to one count of kidnapping, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Hunt, 44, and his co-defendant, Steric Paul Mitchell, 46, planned to kidnap a female victim and sell her into sex slavery.  Mitchell was convicted, after a nearly two-week trial in August 2015, on one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and one count of kidnapping.  His sentencing date is pending.

According to evidence presented at Mitchell’s trial and documents filed in the case, Mitchell and Hunt knew each other from the neighborhood, and in early May 2012, Mitchell hired Hunt to pick up the victim at a hotel and transport her to another location under the ruse that Hunt was taking her to a private party.  In fact, Hunt and Mitchell planned to kidnap and sexually assault her.  Hunt was also supposed to pay another woman, R.E., $100 when he picked up the victim from the motel, and Hunt understood he would get to have sex with the victim as part of the agreement.

R.E. told the victim that she had a “good friend” who wanted to hire a private dancer for a party, and that the men were “safe.”  At a Dallas hotel, R.E. introduced the victim to Hunt, who paid R.E. the $100 and then drove the victim to an abandoned house in Dallas where Mitchell was waiting. 

At the abandoned house, Mitchell threatened the victim with a firearm and shocked her with a Taser to frighten and restrain her.  Hunt then raped her while Mitchell stood guard with a firearm.  Mitchell then shocked her again with a Taser, bound her ankles and wrists, wrapped her in a bed sheet, carried her to another motor vehicle, and put her in the backseat.  He then drove the victim to a second location, tied her to a chair, raped her, and told her he planned to sell her into sexual slavery.  He held her overnight at that location.  Later, he wrapped her in a bed sheet again, put her in the backseat of a vehicle, and drove her to a house in Duncanville, Texas, where he sexually assaulted her.  At this third location, the victim was able to locate a cell phone and place four 911 calls; officers with the Duncanville Police Department found and rescued her.

The FBI and the Duncanville Police Department investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cara Foos Pierce and Andrew Wirmani prosecuted.

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Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated November 21, 2016