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Attempted Child Sex Trafficker Convicted by Federal Jury

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of California

SAN DIEGO – Keenon Green was convicted by a federal jury on Wednesday of Attempted Sex Trafficking of Children and Attempted Enticement of a Minor.

The jury trial began on Monday, and the jury received the case on Wednesday. The jury deliberated for an hour and fifteen minutes before announcing they had reached a verdict, finding Green guilty of both charges.

According to the evidence presented at trial, which included social media evidence, cell phone evidence, body-worn camera surveillance, and witness testimony, Green relentlessly sent direct messages to a social media user he knew as “Lexi” on Instagram, attempting to recruit her into prostitution despite responses from Lexi stating that she was in high school, that she was delayed responding to his messages because she was doing her biology homework, and then explicitly telling Green that she was 16 years old. Green continued to try to recruit Lexi to provide commercial sex services, advising her that he could provide protection on “the blade,” a dangerous destination for commercial sex activity that Green referred to as a “hoe stroll,” and that she would have to “only work the blade for a week max.” After that, Green’s messages indicated that he would provide her with false identification, post her advertisements on commercial sex websites, and then she could “charge 350 a hour and only be in there 30 mins max.” Because he believed her to be only 16 years old, he also offered to teach her how to drive. In exchange for his protection as a pimp, Lexi would be expected to earn $500 a night as a prostitute, and $1000 a night if they were out of town.

Ultimately, after working to recruit online Lexi for almost a month, Green arranged to meet her in person and bring her to Orange County, where business was “hella good.” Green told Lexi to bring “provocative stuff” and “heels” for the trip. The evidence presented showed that Green planned to have Lexi engage in commercial sex dates until she earned $1,000 for him before returning her to San Diego on Monday to attend high school. Unfortunately for Green, “Lexi” was an undercover deputy with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. When Green arrived at the meeting point with feminine care items in his trunk, including hair products and Vagisil, he was greeted by law enforcement instead.

Post-arrest, Green acknowledged that he was “chasing money” and that as a pimp, he “ran” seven to nine other women. The evidence presented at trial reflected that Green’s recruitment and enticement efforts extended beyond “Lexi”; he reached out to other Instagram users simultaneously, describing what he could offer as a pimp and telling them their “anatomy is the most valuable thing on this earth” and he could help them “use it wisely.”

“Trafficking children for commercial sex is a scourge on our community,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “This case demonstrates that proactive law enforcement efforts can stop these crimes before they happen, as well as holding offenders accountable. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working with law enforcement partners to prevent trafficking and deliver justice for victims.” Grossman thanked the prosecution team, the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for their excellent work on this case.

“Human trafficking is a highly predatory crime and can be violent. Offenders prey upon youth and the most vulnerable in our community. The Sheriff's Department will continue to work with our local, state, federal and tribal partners to rescue and protect victims of this terrible crime."

“This conviction closes the door on this human trafficker responsible for wreaking havoc on the lives of young women,” said Chad Plantz, special agent in charge, HSI San Diego. “Unfortunately, we know there are still traffickers out there looking to exploit the most vulnerable among us. Cases like this one serve to strengthen our resolve to protect and defend the victims.”

DEFENDANTS                                                          Case Number 22-cr-187-CAB

Keenon Green                                                           Age: 35

SUMMARY OF CHARGES

Attempted Sex Trafficking of Children – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1591(a)
Minimum Penalty: 10 years
Maximum penalty: Life Imprisonment and $250,000 fine

Attempted Enticement of a Minor – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 2422(b)
Minimum Penalty: 10 years
Maximum Penalty: Life Imprisonment and $250,000 fine

AGENCIES
San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force
Homeland Security Investigations
San Diego Sheriff’s Department

This case is the result of the ongoing efforts of the Violent Crime and Human Trafficking (VCHT) Section. Formed in 2019, the VCHT is tasked with leading collaborations between federal and local law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of cases involving violent crimes, firearms and gang cases; sex trafficking and child exploitation; civil rights, and labor trafficking. The VCHT Section oversees the Southern District of California Coordinators for Project Safe Neighborhoods, Human Trafficking, and Project Safe Childhood. The VCHT Section also provides federal prosecutors to the downtown San Diego Violent Crimes Task Force-Gang Group, the North County Gang Task Force, and the East County Gang Task Force.

Contact

Assistant U. S. Attorneys Jill Streja (619) 546-8401 and Seth Askins (619) 546-6992

Updated February 17, 2023

Press Release Number: CAS23-0217-Green