U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Jean Claude Roy, 32, of Germantown to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for conspiring to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, three counts of interstate transportation for prostitution, and witness and evidence tampering. The sentence was handed down on Tuesday, July 22 at a U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Jocelyn Samuels; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department.
“Jean Claude Roy preyed on vulnerable young women,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Law enforcement agencies will continue to work to identify and prosecute human traffickers.”
“This case serves as another chilling example of the callous disregard for human life demonstrated by traffickers,” said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation’s (HSI) Baltimore Deputy Special Agent in Charge James P. Nagle. “Our special agents will continue pursuing these criminals to ensure they are behind bars where they can no longer exploit the innocent.”
According to evidence presented during the two week trial, between August and September 2012 Roy, also known as “Dredd the Don” and “Dreddy,” transported a victim across state lines to engage in prostitution. He also took the victim’s identity documents and kept all of the victim’s money.
During the trial, victims recounted their fear of Roy, explaining instances of physical and sexual abuse, threats, tattoo branding and Roy’s bragging of beating a murder charge years prior in Massachusetts. “If he could kill a man, who’s gonna care about a prostitute,” one victim said from the witness stand. Witnesses detailed the guns in Roy’s possession and how he prostituted women in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.
In November 2012 Roy recruited co-defendant Brittney Creason to engage in prostitution. Thereafter, Creason helped Roy recruit and transport girls from Illinois and North Carolina to engage in prostitution. Roy conspired to force the women to engage in prostitution by again bragging about beating murder charges, taking their identity documents, and taking their money.
Trial evidence also showed that from January 1 through 10, 2013, while Roy was in jail on related state charges, he called an individual several times and had that person access online accounts and storage services belonging to Roy and Creason in order to erase evidence related to these charges.
The jury found Roy not guilty of sex trafficking and attempted sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; and possessing and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Creason, age 20, of Decatur, IL, previously pleaded guilty of using a facility in interstate commerce for an illegal activity, and was sentenced to time served of three months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
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 the Task Force Website.