A Dallas man has been found guilty of sex trafficking a 14-year-old minor and an adult victim.
After less than a half hour of deliberation, a federal jury in Dallas convicted Anthony Lennell Acy, 34, on one count of child sex trafficking and one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion.
“Human trafficking is one of the most degrading crimes we prosecute. Like so many traffickers, this defendant preyed on vulnerable victims, lining his pockets at the expense of their dignity,” said Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Prerak Shah. “The North Texas Trafficking Task Force is proud to stand against the exploitation of women and girls.”
“Sex trafficking has no place in our communities. HSI will vigorously pursue anyone involved in the exploitation of victims for commercial sexual acts,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, Special Agent in Charge HSI Dallas. “We will aggressively investigate these types of cases to ensure predators are identified, arrested, and face the justice deserved.”
According to evidence presented at trial, Acy trafficked at least two victims — including the 14-year-old girl, a runaway from McKinney, Texas — out of multiple hotels in Dallas and in California.
Agents with the North Texas Trafficking Task Force testified that they recovered Jane Doe 1 and Adult Victim 1 out of a Dallas hotel room and arrested Acy as he was leaving the hotel parking lot.
At trial, Jane Doe 1 testified that Acy approached her in a parking lot next to a hotel a couple weeks after she ran away from home. Jane Doe 1 stated that Acy told her that she could model for his clothing line and then drove her to a hotel, where he offered her dinner and a place to stay that night. She testified that Acy later forced her to take ecstasy pills, caused her to engage in commercial sex in Dallas and in California, and physically assaulted her multiple times.
Adult Victim 1 testified at trial that Acy first recruited her over Facebook, claiming that he wanted to be her boyfriend. Adult Victim 1 stated that, after she traveled to Dallas to visit Acy, he took her cell phone and her car keys and forced her to engage in commercial sex in order to pay back the money he claimed to have spent on her. Acy trafficked Adult Victim 1 first in Dallas and later in Austin and California. Adult Victim 1 testified that Acy forced her to earn $1,000 a day, with all proceeds turned over to him.
Both victims testified that Acy repeatedly beat them, threatened them at gunpoint and knifepoint, and threatened to kill them and their families if they called the police.
In the course of the investigation, investigators reviewed Acy’s hotel records, phone records, financial records, online advertisements, and Facebook posts that corroborated the victims’ accounts of Acy’s sex trafficking activity.
Acy now faces a minimum sentence of 15 years and up to life in federal prison.
Parents from South Carolina have been taken into custody after leaving their 2-year-old child at home alone as they went to New York, the Charleston Police Department said.
Authorities say that on November 17, close to 2 p.m., they arrived to a residence after receiving information about a toddler being by themselves in an apartment.
Court documents show that someone told police that the child’s father sent a text message indicating that he was in New York for business purposes.
Because the apartment complex couldn’t reach anyone inside of the apartment, they conducted an emergency walk-through.
Records state that a child was discovered asleep on a bed in the living room.
Authorities stated that the child woke up and wanted his empty water bottle. Besides a dirty pamper, the toddler was in good condition and was transported to a hospital through a foster care provider.
Police say that they attempted to contact the father and mother but were unable to do so.
Later, 24-year-old Donald Gekonge, the father of the child, reached out to the complex and talked to police. He reportedly told them that he had left at 6 a.m. that morning, and he was “only a few states away.”
Eventually, he stated that he was in New York for business, and he was unaware of who was caring for his toddler. However, he believed that it was the mother of the child, Darline Aldrich.
Then, later on, Gekonge’s story evolved even more. He admitted that Aldrich was in New York, as well, for an emergency.
Gekonge and Aldrich were apprehended on charges of unlawful conduct toward a child.
Gekonge’s bond was set at $50,000, and Aldrich’s bond was placed at $75,000.
SPRINGDALE, Utah – On the morning of Wednesday, November 23, Zion National Park shuttle drivers reported that visitors had encountered an injured man and a non-responsive woman in the Narrows.
The Zion National Park Search and Rescue Team responded and found the man on Riverside Walk. Team members transported the man to the Zion Emergency Operations Center. Farther up the Narrows, other team members found a non-responsive woman near the Virgin River. First responders administered emergency aid, but they determined she was deceased.
Zion National Park’s response involved more than 20 search and rescue team members.
A 33-year-old man and 31-year-old woman, a married couple, had started their permitted 16-mile trip through the Narrows from the top-down on Tuesday, November 22. The man reported they became dangerously cold overnight and experienced symptoms consistent with hypothermia.
The pair stopped about a mile and a half from the north end of Riverside Walk (a paved trail that leads from the Temple of Sinawava to the Narrows). Early in the morning of November 23, the man continued on to get help while the woman remained. Park rangers encountered the man on Riverside Walk where other visitors were assisting him down the trail. Other visitors farther up the Narrows administered CPR to the woman before Zion Search and Rescue Team members arrived.