02/25/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/26/2020 19:48
CONTACT: Barbara Burns
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Ray Davis, 30, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted following a jury trial of two counts of sex trafficking, one count of sex trafficking conspiracy, two counts of production of child pornography, and two counts of distribution of child pornography, was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melissa Marangola and Meghan McGuire, who prosecuted the case, stated that in 2015, the defendant ran a sex trafficking operation with co-defendant, Marcus Brown. Davis and Brown preyed upon and exploited teenagers who were homeless and vulnerable, coercing them to engage in commercial sex acts.
Davis and Brown worked together to take sexually explicit photos of the minor victims and post them on Backpage.com, an online classified advertisement website that was previously shut down by the Department of Justice.
Charges remain pending against Marcus Brown.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.
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