Australian Man Sentenced to Serve More Than 18 Years in Federal Prison for Production of Child Pornography
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Today, WILLIAM VONTRAIL JOHNSON, 28, from Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty to prostituting a 14-year-old girl in an Oklahoma City motel, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
According to court records, on June 13, 2014, a sting operation led by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Human Trafficking Division and the Oklahoma City Police Department Vice Unit recovered a 14-year-old girl from an Oklahoma City hotel where she was being prostituted by Mr. Johnson. An online advertisement for escort services led law enforcement to the girl. Shortly after the girl was recovered from the hotel room, Mr. Johnson was arrested in the parking lot with a key to the hotel room where the girl was recovered. Mr. Johnson also had $800 in cash and a smart phone, which was examined by law enforcement. Mr. Johnson’s internet history on his smart phone showed it had been used to post the online advertisement that law enforcement had responded to. The smart phone also stored numerous images of the girl and a video of Mr. Johnson engaging in sex acts with her.
Mr. Johnson was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 3, 2014. During the plea hearing today, Mr. Johnson admitted to child sex trafficking of the 14-year-old girl in Oklahoma City and Texas, including posting advertisements online and accepting money in exchange for her performing sex acts.
At sentencing, Mr. Johnson faces a mandatory minimum of ten years and up to life in prison. A sentencing hearing will be set by the court in approximately 90 days.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Human Trafficking Division, the Oklahoma City Police Department Vice Unit, and the Department of Homeland Security. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brandon Hale and K. McKenzie Anderson.