Leader of drug trafficking organization faces 27-30 years in prison following guilty plea to drug trafficking, sex trafficking, and money laundering
CINCINNATI – Eric Zyn Ho, 25, and Bryan Mathew Otero, 27, of Cincinnati, were each sentenced in U.S. District Court today for their roles in the sex trafficking of a minor. Ho was sentenced to 30 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release and Otero was sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release.
Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, Union Township Police Chief Scott Gaviglia and other members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force announced the sentences imposed today by U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott.
In May 2017, the defendants conspired to harbor a 14-year-old female and caused her to engage in a commercial sex act.
Both defendants were charged by criminal complaint and arrested on May 4, 2017. They have remained in custody since. They were indicted by a federal grand jury in the same month.
In December 2017, Ho and Otero each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to sex traffic a child. Ho also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography.
Pursuant to the Child Victims’ and Child Witnesses’ Rights Act, additional specific details of the case remain under seal.
U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the FBI and Union Township Police, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Kyle J. Healey, who is prosecuting the case.
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