Victim taken to motel, forced to pose for photos use to solicit johns online
September 23, 2010 (San Diego) – U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced last week that three men have been sentenced to prison for sexual exploitation of a child and sex trafficking involving a minor.
According to evidence presented at trial, Patrick Jones, 22, and three others picked up a 14-year-old female victim from a restaurant on El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego drove her to an Oceanside motel, where they forced her to pose for sexually explicit photographs so that they could solicit “johns” on the Internet to engage in commercial sex acts with the child.
Jones and his co-defendants were charged in April 2009 after the child was able to escape the motel room and run to a nearby convenience store to call 9-1-1.
Jones was sentenced in federal court in San Diego by the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan to serve 180 months in custody and 10 years of supervised release following his release from prison based on Jones’ convictions for one count of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of sex trafficking on a minor. He was found guilty on May 7, 2010 after a three-day jury trial.
Two of Jones’ co-defendants, Dwayne Tousant, 24, and Dominique Willis, 21, were also sentenced by Judge Whelan. Tousant was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison, and Willis was sentenced to serve 108 months in prison.
This case is being brought as part of the Department of Justice Project Safe Childhood (PSC). For more information about PSC, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. The Oceanside Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation participated in this case.