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05/15/2013

Maryland man indicted for attempted sex trafficking and interstate transportation for prostitution

GREENBELT, Md. — A federal grand jury Wednesday returned an indictment charging a Germantown, Md., man with attempted sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, and interstate transportation for prostitution, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Montgomery County Police Department.Jean Claude Roy, aka Dredd the Don and Dreddy, 30, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison for each of three counts on sex trafficking and a maximum of 10 years in prison for each of three counts of interstate transportation for prostitution. An initial appearance has not yet been scheduled in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Roy is currently in state custody on related charges.

"Protecting our communities from those who engage in human trafficking is a top priority for ICE Homeland Security Investigations," said William Winter, special agent in charge of HSI Baltimore. "As a member of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, HSI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to investigate human trafficking, as well as working with our local non-governmental, community-based and faith-based organizations to identify, rescue and assist victims of trafficking."

According to the six-count indictment, between Dec. 9 and 25, 2012, Roy attempted to force three individuals to engage in commercial sex acts, from which Roy benefitted financially. Further, the indictment alleges that Roy transported the three individuals across state lines to engage in prostitution and sexual activity.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

This case was investigated by the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members. For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit www.justice.gov/usao/md/Human-Trafficking/index.html.

Report suspected instances of human trafficking to HSI's tip line at 866-DHS-2ICE (1-866-347-2423) or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristi N. O'Malley of the District of Maryland and Trial Attorney William E. Nolan of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.