USA: Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Local Sex Trafficking Case

TACOMA, SEATTLE, USA by U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan for The Department of Justice (11/30/12) — A Tacoma man was convicted today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma of seven counts related to the sex trafficking of juveniles and adult women, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  ALEXANDER WALLS, 27, was found guilty of conspiracy to transport a juvenile for prostitution, interstate transportation of a child for prostitution, witness tampering, conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion and three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.  The jury deliberated about three hours following a 13 day trial.  WALLS faces up to life in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan on March 1, 2013.

The case was investigated by the Tacoma Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, and the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force.  The FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force provides a rapid and effective investigative response to reported federal crimes involving the victimization of children. The task force strives to reduce the vulnerability of children to acts of sexual exploitation and abuse and strengthens the capabilities of federal, state, and local law enforcement through training programs and investigative assistance.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney’s Ye-Ting Woo and Bruce Miyake.

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Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Sex Trafficking Case