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Another Charged And Arrested In Sex Trafficking Of Minors Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
An Indictment Is A Formal Accusation Of Criminal Conduct, Not Evidence. A Defendant Is Presumed Innocent Unless Convicted Through Due Process

HOUSTON – The final man in a six-defendant sex trafficking and alien harboring conspiracy has been arrested and will make his initial appearance in federal court, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Walter Alexander Ejcalon Xalcut aka Chapin, 27, an illegal alien from Guatemala, was arrested last night in Houston. He is set make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy at 2:00 p.m. today.

Xalcut is charged along with Hugo Alexander Melendez-Gonzalez aka El Gordo, 37, Jose William Quintanilla aka Pablo or Ronko, 40, Franciso Guerra Yvinni Pleitez aka Colochin or Flaco, 33, Adelio De Jesus Batres aka Muneco, 52, and Mariano Quintanilla-Campos, 33, all of El Salvador. Xalcut’s co-conspirators had been previously arrested and remain in custody.

The indictment alleges the defendants were engaged in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor by force and coercion, sex trafficking of a minor as well as an alien harboring and transporting conspiracy.

The indictment alleges that from late 2010 to the present, all defendants conspired to cause a person less than 18 years of age to engage in a commercial sex act and did, in fact, cause two minor victims to engage in a commercial sex act. The defendants allegedly instructed minor undocumented victims and young women how to solicit and charge for commercial sex acts and collected the fees that were paid.

The indictment further alleges the four engaged in a conspiracy to harbor and conceal illegal aliens in Houston.

The case was investigated by the FBI, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Houston Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Davis is prosecuting.

Updated April 30, 2015