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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Two From Minneapolis Sentenced For Sex Trafficking

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that David Nance, age 31, and Ashley Crayton, age 26, of Minneapolis, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier for sex trafficking. 

Nance pled guilty to the charge of Transportation for Prostitution on March 19, 2015.  He was sentenced on June 8, 2015, to 37 months in custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Crayton pled guilty to the charge of Interstate Travel or Transportation in Aid of Racketeering Enterprise on February 6, 2015.  She was sentenced on May 21, 2015, to time served and 2 years of supervised release.

In September of 2014, Sioux Falls police responded to a call from the Red Roof Inn regarding a complaint of possible prostitution activity at the hotel.  Several men were observed entering and leaving a specific room in the hotel.  Further investigation was completed and the two defendants were subsequently arrested for working together to promote prostitution.

Crayton posted prostitution advertisements on Backpage.com, while Nance provided the transportation, paid for the hotel room, and took all of the money from the prostitution victim in this case.

The case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

Nance was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Human Trafficking
Updated December 18, 2015