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More than 170 arrested in Florida human trafficking case

More than 170 people were arrested on charges ranging from solicitation of prostitution to human trafficking of a minor in a case involving a girl who was 13 when the two-year investigation began, Florida law enforcement authorities announced Tuesday.

The investigation began in November 2018 when a Tallahassee police investigator noticed photos of a minor on a website offering sex for money. The investigation involved a massive amount of electronic evidence that took months to evaluate, authorities said.

“These crimes took place all over the city,” Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell said during a news conference. “Never have we had a case of this magnitude.”

The crimes also went far beyond the city line and included suspects from Alabama and Mississippi. Tallahassee police worked with several local, state and federal agencies during the investigation.

Authorities say 106 people were charged with felonies, including 19 on federal charges. Charges included enticement and coercion of a minor to engage in sexual activity, enticement and coercion of a minor to engage in prostitution, production and/or receipt of child pornography, transfer of obscene material to a minor, sex trafficking a minor and conspiracy to sex traffic a minor.

Another 72 suspects were charged with misdemeanors.

While the victim was 13 when the case began, Tallahassee police investigator Beth Bascom said, “Don’t kid yourself that it wasn’t happening prior to being documented.”

“This was a child … who worked through her birthday as if it did not exist, who worked on Thanksgiving while we sat at tables and enjoyed our families, who worked through Christmas as if it wasn’t even there,” Bascom said.

The victim did not want to give a formal statement, but eventually wants a judge and others to know how it has affected her.

“She does have things to say,” Bascom said. “She was able to say that this has seriously impacted her life and it is very difficult at times, but that she is working on getting her life back.”

Facing felony charges:

  1. Michael Tyrone Harris, 51, Havana
  2. Jarred A. Jenkins, 26, Department of Corrections
  3. Travis Alexander Thomas, 37, Midway
  4. Jamichael Reshard Cox, 30, Department of Corrections
  5. Anthony Rivers, 25, Tallahassee
  6. Momodou Lamin Janneh, 26, Tallahassee
  7. Stephen Lee Pichard, 53, Tallahassee
  8. Joshua Ricardo Curry, Tallahassee
  9. Briahnna Venus Banks, 24, Tallahassee
  10. Helen Kimberly Anderson, 27, Tallahassee
  11. O’bryan K Finley, 36, Tallahassee
  12. Erik Oben Rivers, 47, Tallahassee
  13. Shuntae Lamar Kirksey, 25, Tallahassee
  14. Manor Joseph III, 57, Tallahassee
  15. Daryl Lamar Howard Jr., 34, Tallahassee
  16. Christopher L. Williams Jr., 24, Tallahassee
  17. Tony Dickey, 36, Tallahassee
  18. Jordan Jenkins, 27, Tallahassee
  19. Trayveontaye Jamarquez Cheesmon, 21, Chattahoochee
  20. Joseph Austin, Jr., 45, Tallahassee
  21. Tinara Lashay Spears, 22, Tallahassee
  22. Essence Katana Blue, 24, Tallahassee
  23. Maricio Lavant Scott, 30, Tallahassee
  24. Alfred Bernard Marktorion Simmons, Jr., 22, Tallahassee
  25. Adavion D Barnes, 23, Tallahassee
  26. Norphles Washington, 28, Tallahassee
  27. Malcolm Jerome Carter, 29, Tallahassee
  28. Phillip Wesley Watkins, 42, Tallahassee
  29. Samuel Bryant, 39, Tallahassee
  30. Michael DeWayne Wooten, 42, Tallahassee
  31. Jontae Jamel Jackson, 39, Tallahassee
  32. William Glenn Ellis, Jr., 58, Quincy
  33. Jermaine Miller, 29, Tallahassee
  34. Brian Omar Johnson, 49, Tallahassee
  35. Jacob Dewitt Greene, 32, Tallahassee
  36. Eric Sheldon Daniel, 30, Tallahassee
  37. Michael Tybireous Jarcord, 51, Tallahassee
  38. Terrence Faulk, 38, Tallahassee
  39. Danny Earl Richards, 50, Telogia, Fla.
  40. Brian Gerald Winsett, 50, Tallahassee
  41. Dustin Kyle Claypool, 23, Tallahassee
  42. Tokusei J. Pfeiffer, 44, Tallahassee
  43. Durell Thomas, 34, Tallahassee
  44. Houston Wagner IV, 23, Tallahassee
  45. Martravius Terrell Gilbert, 21, Tallahassee
  46. John Fitzgerald Coates, 56, Tallahassee
  47. Ontario D. Lawrence, 45, Tallahassee
  48. Mark L. Barineau, 58, Tallahassee
  49. Michael O’Hara Jones II, 34, Tallahassee
  50. Jamil Reymundo Gardner, 31, Tallahassee
  51. Henrarles Tankachap Ekokobe, 26, Tallahassee
  52. Max Oliver Serge Saint Albin, 26, Unknown
  53. Korenna N. Williams, 23, Tallahassee
  54. Jamar D. Nicholson, 23, Tallahassee
  55. Kenneth L. Monroe, 29, Tallahassee
  56. Anthony Hill, Jr., 31, Tallahassee
  57. Synara Bouie 37, Quincy
  58. Anthony B. Logan, 24, Tallahassee
  59. Latonya Wilburn, 46, Tallahassee
  60. David Zachariah Brown, Jr., 23, Tallahassee
  61. George Williams, 43, Perry
  62. Brittany K. Brown, 30, Tallahassee
  63. Robert L. Wiggins, Jr., 33, Tallahassee
  64. Sherley Duvain, 21, Tallahassee
  65. Brandon Marteze Richardson, 30, Tallahassee
  66. Steven Garrett, 30, Tallahassee
  67. Bacari Phillips, 29, Tallahassee
  68. Jasmine Fields, 20, Tallahassee
  69. Dwayne Ladarris Blake, 31, Tallahassee
  70. Robert Lee Williams, Jr., 24, Monticello
  71. Damion Javier Boone, 25, Tallahassee
  72. Marq-Twoine D. Lindsey, 26, Tallahassee
  73. Tavaris Devon Paul, 25, Quincy
  74. Rasheed Amin Mercer, 38, Tallahassee
  75. Damonta Tyrell Morris, 26, Tallahassee
  76. Marco W. Gaines, 29, Quincy
  77. DeAntwon Leshawn Ray, 29, Quincy
  78. Kendrick Lorenzo Hayes, 29, Tallahassee
  79. Victor Molina, 22, Quincy
  80. Garland Darnell Bullock, 31, Tallahassee
  81. Maurice D. Towels, 38, Tallahassee
  82. Dwight C. Cross, Jr., 28, Tallahassee
  83. Alpha O. Gaines, Jr., 27, Tallahassee
  84. Bahkarie Floyd Sweeting, 23, Tallahassee
  85. Kelly Devarius Payne, 32, Tallahassee
  86. Jacorbin Tharon Simmons, 30, Tallahassee
  87. Brandon Marshawn Morris, 24, Tallahassee
  88. Ali F Barber, Jr., 19, Tallahassee
  89. Ellis Ibiso Jack, 22, Tallahassee
  90. Charrez Constantion, Jr., 25, Quincy
  91. Dontavious Perkins, 23, Cario, Ga.
  92. Dontavious Phillips, 29, Midway
  93. Frederick Lamar Jones, 31, Havana
  94. Apollo S. Kenon, Jr., 25, Gretna
  95. Gerardo Lopez De Nava Cazares, 24, Monticello
  96. Tevaris James Hogan, Sr., 30, Tallahassee
  97. Quentiz Allen Barnes, 31, Tallahassee
  98. Denzel Javon Washington, 23, Tallahassee
  99. Jerry Lee Moore, Jr., 27, Tallahassee
  100. Kurtis Antonio Morris, 40, Tallahassee
  101. Jirard Quinn Kincherlow, 38, Montgomery, Ala.
  102. Eldred Keith Jennings, 39, Lamont, Fla.
  103. Keith Antonia Johnson, 50, Tallahassee
  104. Detroy Lamont Garrett, 42, Tallahassee
  105. Destin Reche Banks, 32, Tallahassee
  106. Daniel Alexander Mitchell, 32, Tallahassee
Author: The Associated Press
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