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07/24/2018

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Fort Worth man sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking children

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Fort Worth man was sentenced Monday to life in federal prison for sex trafficking underage girls.

This sentence was announced by Erin Nealy Cox U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Texas.  This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); the FBI; and the Texas police departments of Fort Worth, Tyler and Arlington.

Following a four-day trial in April 2018, Pierre Lagrone, aka “P” or “Pedro,” 34, and co-conspirators, Herman Sanders, aka “Pooh,” 29, and Demarcus Davis, aka “Zigg,” 26, were found guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to sex traffic underage girls. Lagrone was sentenced July 23 to life in federal prison.  Sanders was previously sentenced before U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 420 months; Davis is scheduled for sentencing July 30.

According to evidence presented at trial, Lagrone and Davis were violent pimps who recruited, controlled and profited off underage female victims through commercial sex acts. Lagrone and Davis recruited and advertised underage female victims for commercial sex acts. The defendants communicated with potential clients, collected proceeds, and paid for motels rooms and supplies. Lagrone and Davis kept almost all, if not all, the proceeds of the commercial sex acts, providing only food, shelter and occasional clothing to the underage female victims. Sanders conspired with and assisted Lagrone in this sex trafficking.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys P.J. Meitl and Nicole Dana, Northern District of Texas, were in charge of the prosecution.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 10/16/2018