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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Oregon

Monday, April 7, 2014

Portland Sex Trafficker Sentenced to 204 Months in Federal Prison

PORTLAND, Ore. — Keith Lawrence McMurray, 32, of Portland, Oregon, was sentenced to 204 months in prison today by United States District Judge Marco A. Hernandez for sex trafficking a 17-year old Beaverton girl. On September 4, 2013, McMurray pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking a minor. Upon release from custody, McMurray will serve a 10-year period of supervised release.  During his supervised release, he must abide by a number of conditions, including registration as a sex offender.

“Sex trafficking a minor continues to be a huge concern for this community,” said U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall. “Young girls and boys in our community are preyed upon for commercial sex, and are used by traffickers as simply a way to gain money. We will continue to prosecute aggressively anyone who exploits, aids or recruits our children into this dark world.”

In imposing the 204-month sentence, Judge Hernandez noted that defendant’s objectification of the victim was extremely concerning.

The government alleged that McMurray recruited the victim into prostitution when she was 17 years old. He used various prostitution web sites to advertise the minor and even posed as a customer in order to promote her on one of the web sites. In addition, McMurray filmed sex acts with her during the time she was a minor.  All of this was done while the defendant was on post-prison supervision.

This case stemmed from a coordinated investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Child Exploitation Task Force and Multnomah County Parole and Probation. The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children through sex trafficking, as well as to identify and rescue victims. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney JR Ujifusa.

Updated January 29, 2015