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Oklahoma City Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Child Sex Trafficking of 14-Year-Old

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OklahomaWILLIAM VONTRAIL JOHNSON, 28, from Oklahoma City, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Stephen Friot to serve 360 months in federal prison for child sex trafficking of a 14-year-old girl, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

According to court records, in June 2014, an undercover agent responded to an internet posting advertising escort services with photographs of the 14-year-old victim. After communicating to schedule a "date," the undercover agent met the girl at a local hotel in Oklahoma City a little after midnight.  After an initial greeting, the girl asked for the "donation" and pulled out a condom.  The girl was then questioned by law enforcement. Johnson was discovered in the hotel walkway and, following questioning, found to have a key to the hotel room where the undercover agent had met the girl for the commercial sex act.  Johnson was also found in possession of photographs and videos of the girl, and his internet history opened to his posting of the advertisement for the girl.

Johnson was arrested and initially charged by criminal complaint on November 4, 2014.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 3, 2014, and on March 9, 2015, Johnson entered a guilty plea to child sex trafficking.  At his plea hearing, Johnson admitted that the victim was 14 years old when he pimped her out, and that he knew it.  Johnson admitted that he had posted internet advertisements for the child to perform sex in exchange for money.  He admitted that he received the money that was paid for those encounters.  Johnson admitted that he used the internet and text messages to set up and arrange commercial sex transactions between the child and men.  Johnson also admitted that he took the girl from Oklahoma City to Houston, Texas, to perform commercial sex acts.

Yesterday, Judge Friot sentenced Johnson to serve 360 months in prison.  After his release from prison, Johnson will be required to serve 15 years of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

This sentence is the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys McKenzie Anderson, Brandon Hale, and Julia Barry.

Reference is made to court filings for further information.

Updated December 18, 2015

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