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During Jury Selection Today Ft. Smith, Arkansas Man Pleads Guilty to Transporting Women for Prostitution

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

In Waco, 23-year-old Emmanuel Bailey of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, faces up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty this morning to admitting to transporting an individual across state lines for the purposes of prostitution announced, United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.

During jury selection before United States District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., Bailey pleaded guilty to one count of the Mann Act. By pleading guilty, Bailey admitted he knowingly transported an individual in interstate commerce, from Arkansas to Texas, with the intent that such individual engage in prostitution.

On June 8, 2015, Bailey was identified in the parking lot of a Waco Motel, dropping off a female who had agreed to have sexual intercourse with an undercover McLennan County Sheriff’s Office Detective, for money.  The investigation determined that Bailey and the individual had traveled to several Texas cities, as well as Louisiana and Arkansas, utilizing an internet site for the purposes of prostitution.   

Bailey has remained in custody since his arrest on June 8, 2015. Sentencing is scheduled for January 6, 2016, before Judge Smith in Waco.

The case resulted from an investigation being led by the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ft. Smith (AR) Police Department, St. Louis County (MO) Police Department, and the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Western District of Arkansas and Eastern District of Missouri. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Kucera.

Updated November 30, 2015

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