Las Vegas Man Sentenced For Coercion And Enticement Of Two Girls To Travel From Oregon To Nevada To Work As Prostitutes
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas man was sentenced today to 75 months in prison for coercing and enticing two girls to travel from Oregon to Nevada to work as prostitutes, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.
Anthony Antonio Lewis, 20, pleaded guilty on March 7, 2017, to one count of coercion and enticement. Co-defendant Johnny Le Andrew Hudson, 19, pleaded guilty on Feb. 2, 2017, to coercion and enticement, and he was sentenced on May 2, 2017, to 87 months in prison. United States District Judge Andrew P. Gordon presided over both of the sentencing hearings.
According to the plea agreement, Lewis admitted that, from Jan. 22 to 27, 2016, he coerced and enticed two minor girls to travel from Oregon to California and to Nevada to engage in prostitution. Lewis told one of the girls that by working as a prostitute she would be able to buy her own car, and that when she returned to Oregon, she would be able to get her own place to live. He advertised the girl through backpage.com, a website known for prostitution advertisements. The girl would give the money obtained through prostitution committed in California and Nevada to Hudson and Lewis.
The case was investigated by the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elham Roohani and Christopher Burton.
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. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals, federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood and for information about internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.