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San Diego Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of Children

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

Assistant U. S. Attorney Joseph Orabona (619) 546-7951


SAN DIEGO – Jonathan Madison of San Diego was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 100 months in prison for knowingly recruiting, advertising, and soliciting a teenage girl to engage in commercial sex acts.

Madison pleaded guilty in February 2021. In his plea agreement, Madison admitted that he transported underage girls and women and provided them to customers for commercial sex acts, which took place in California and Colorado from November 2017 through April 2020. During this time, Madison transported, provided, maintained, and obtained an underage girl (while she was 15 and 16 years old) for the purpose of her to engage in commercial sex acts, including in San Diego County. As part of his human trafficking activities, Madison caused online advertisements of the underage girls and women to be posted on various websites for customers to solicit them for commercial sex.

Madison also admitted that he videotaped himself having sexual intercourse with an underage girl and later transmitted the video to her by cell phone.

Madison, aka “Jay Jay,” “Boobutt,” and “JT,” was arrested in April 2020 on sex trafficking charges and ordered detained without bond by the Court. A federal grand jury returned an indictment in May 2020 against Madison charging him with sex trafficking of a minor.

“This is a fitting sentence for a man engaged in trafficking of children,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “Our office will continue to seek justice when our community’s most vulnerable victims are subjected to these heinous crimes.” Grossman thanked the prosecution team and members of the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force for their excellent work on this case.

“Today’s sentence sends a strong message to those who intentionally target and victimize children,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stacey Moy. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners on the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force will use all investigative resources to identify and prosecute those who prey on minors.”  

Madison has been detained in custody since his arrest in April 2020.

At the sentencing hearing today, U.S. District Judge Cynthia A. Bashant not only imposed the 100-month prison sentence, but also ordered Madison to serve a five-year term of supervised release and to pay a $5,000 mandatory penalty assessment pursuant to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Madison will also be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

DEFENDANT                                   Case Numbers: 20CR1228-BAS

Jonathan Madison                               Age: 31           San Diego, CA


Sex Trafficking of a Minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1591

Maximum Penalties: 10-year mandatory minimum and a maximum of life in prison; mandatory Sex Offender Registration; a maximum term of supervised release of life; mandatory restitution to the victims.


San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, which consists of:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • California Department of Justice
  • California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Parole
  • California Highway Patrol
  • ICE/Homeland Security Investigations
  • National City Police Department
  • San Diego City Attorney’s Office
  • San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
  • San Diego County Probation Department
  • San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
  • San Diego Police Department
  • The United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California
Updated April 26, 2022

Project Safe Childhood
Human Trafficking
Press Release Number: CAS22-0426-Madison