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Tulsa man sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for child sex trafficking

TULSA, Okla. – A Tulsa man was sentenced Wednesday to 17 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell for sex trafficking of children, announced U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

A federal jury convicted Tarran Arnel Brinson, 24, May 28 after a six-day trial on the following charges: conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of children; sex trafficking of children; attempted sex trafficking of children; interstate travel and transportation in aid of racketeering; coercion and enticement; and, obstruction of justice.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Tulsa Police Department Vice Unit, and the FBI. This case was prosecuted by U. S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr., and Assistant U.S. Attorneys R. Trent Shores and Clinton J. Johnson from the Northern District of Oklahoma.

"Child sex trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes. We are diligently working with our law enforcement partners to bring those who exploit minors to justice. We must protect the most vulnerable among us, our children." said U.S. Attorney Williams.

From October 2012 to December 2012, Brinson conspired, attempted, and did, in fact, recruit, entice, transport, provide, and obtain girls under of 18 years of age knowing the teenage girls would be caused to engage in commercial sex acts. The victims were minors recruited by Brinson via Facebook, a social media site, into his commercial sex business. One victim was 14 years old when she was recruited.