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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

Friday, March 25, 2022

Cincinnati man who sex trafficked teen sentenced to more than 15 years in prison

CINCINNATI – A Cincinnati man who sex trafficked a minor female with his half-brother was sentenced in federal court here today to 188 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release. As part of his sentence, the defendant was also ordered to pay $194,000 in restitution to the minor victim.


William Pierce Washington, Jr., 52, was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2017 with co-defendant William Pierce Washington, 40, also of Cincinnati.


According to court documents, Washington, Jr., also known as “Man,” participated in the sex trafficking of a minor female for at least four months. Washington, Jr. often transported the victim and the victim resided at his home during the majority of the events.


Co-defendant Washington, also known as “Bam,” primarily orchestrated the exploitation. 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.


Washington was sentenced in December 2021 to more than 15 years in prison.


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 Police Chief James C. Nesbitt II 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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Human Trafficking
Updated March 25, 2022