Oklahoma City Man Charged with Attempted Enticement and Coercion of a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity
OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, RODERICK GLENN HOUSTON, JR., 37, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to more than 27 years in federal prison for child sex trafficking, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.
On September 1, 2020, a federal grand jury returned a Superseding Indictment against Houston that charged him with child sex trafficking, production of child pornography, and transportation of child pornography.
On October 8, 2020, Houston pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking. According to public records and admissions made as part of his guilty plea, between April 2015 and March 9, 2016, Houston served as the pimp of a minor girl. Houston advertised her as an escort on the internet, provided her to men for commercial sex, and kept the cash proceeds. Despite knowing that she was a child, he sold her to men for sex in Oklahoma, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Stephen P. Friot sentenced Houston to serve 335 months in federal prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release. Judge Friot also ordered Houston to pay $25,100 in restitution and assessments. In arriving at his sentence, Judge Friot took into consideration the facts that Houston gave his victim drugs, gave her false identification documents, physically assaulted her, produced child pornography depicting her, and engaged in prohibited sexual conduct with her.
Upon his release from prison, Houston will be required to register as a sex offender.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Oklahoma City Field Office, the Oklahoma City Police Department, and the Los Angeles (California) Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brandon Hale and McKenzie Anderson prosecuted the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the DOJ 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.
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