Leader of drug trafficking organization faces 27-30 years in prison following guilty plea to drug trafficking, sex trafficking, and money laundering
CINCINNATI – A Cincinnati man who was charged with his half-brother for conspiring to sex traffic minor females was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 188 months in prison and 20 years of supervised release.
William Pierce Washington, 40, was charged by a federal grand jury in 2017 with co-defendant William Pierce Washington, Jr., 51.
According to court documents, William Pierce Washington, also known as “Bam,” sex trafficked a minor female for at least four months. Washington would routinely get the victim high on drugs, including forcibly injecting the victim with heroin on at least one occasion.
Washington would then traffic the teenager to engage in sexual conduct for money. He beat and raped the victim.
Court documents in this case detail that Sharonville Police Department officers responded to a motel in Sharonville on April 18, 2017 following the report of a distraught female in the business’s parking lot. The female, a 16-year-old, told officers she had spent several hours in a motel room smoking crack cocaine and engaged in oral sex with an adult male who physically assaulted her.
Contact with the adult male and search of his cell phone revealed sexually explicit photos with the victim and text conversations with Washington about arrangements to coordinate the sexual activity for payment to Washington.
As part of his sentence, Washington was ordered to pay more than $229,000 in restitution to the victim and to a local county Job and Family Services agency.
Washington, Jr. has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; J. William Rivers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; Sharonville Acting Police Chief Mark Preuss and other members of the FBI’s child exploitation task force announced the sentence imposed today by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Black. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle J. Healey is representing the United States in this case.
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