Texan Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of a Minor
SHREVEPORT, La. – A Dallas man pleaded guilty to bringing a minor to Bossier City, La., for prostitution, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today.
Qualyn D. Mitchell, 31, of Dallas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of sex trafficking of a minor. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, law enforcement agents responded in an undercover capacity to an online advertisement for prostitution on November 21, 2013, and found a 16-year-old minor at a Bossier City hotel engaged in prostitution. Mitchell was found in an adjacent hotel room with another prostitute. Upon further investigation, it was learned that Mitchell had met the minor a few days earlier and had brought her from Dallas to Bossier City. He instructed her to give him the money she made from prostitution. Agents found $1,200 on Mitchell at the time of the arrest.
Mitchell faces 10 years to life in prison, five years to life of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine. Sentencing was set for January 23, 2015.
The FBI-Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force, Bossier City Police Department, and the Bossier City Marshal’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg is prosecuting the case. This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
Those concerned may leave tips with the FBI at tips.fbi.gov and may be submitted anonymously. The Shreveport FBI office number is (318) 861-1890.