FORT WORTH, Texas – The second and final defendant in a child sex-trafficking case was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in federal prison.
This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and other members of the North Texas Trafficking Task Force, including the Arlington, Fort Worth and Dallas police departments; the Texas Department of Public Safety; and the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
Deundrea R. Miller, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 121 months in prison following Miller’s guilty plea in June to one count of conspiracy to commit child sex trafficking.
According to court documents, prior to September 2012, Miller had a relationship with co-defendant Brittanie S. Brattain, 22. In late September or early October 2012, Miller and Brattain met Jane Doe, a minor. They agreed to take pictures of Jane Doe to post ads for "dates" on the Back Page website to promote commercial sex acts. Miller and Brattain used a cell phone to take the pictures and post the ads.
Brattain, who pleaded guilty to the same offense, was sentenced in October to six years in federal prison.
Some of the commercial sex acts involving Jane Doe occurred in motels in East Fort Worth. After the commercial sex acts, Jane Doe gave the money she received to Miller. Miller and Brattain harbored and maintained Jane Doe while they stayed in these motels.
In January 2013, Miller and Brattain rented a duplex in Fort Worth where commercial sex acts involving Jane Doe also occurred. Also in January 2013, Miller and Brattain posted "escort" ads involving Jane Doe. While Jane Doe stayed with Miller and Brattain, Miller and Brattain received financial benefit from her participation in commercial sex acts, all in reckless disregard that Jane Doe was under age 18.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.