Case #171 & 172 - Final Defendant Sentenced in Child Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Ring
U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that Sidney Lamar Greene, 41, was sentenced to 144 months in prison for attempted child sex trafficking and for conspiring to defraud the government. Greene was also ordered to pay $127,322.39 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and will serve 84 months of supervised release after completing his term of incarceration. Co-defendant Keyana “Koko” Marshall was sentenced in November 2011, to 30 months in prison, to be followed by 36 months of supervised release, for conspiring to commit sex trafficking of children by force, fraud, and coercion. Co-defendant Rand Hooks was sentenced in February 2012 to 12 months in prison, to be followed by 36 months of supervised release, for promoting prostitution.
The case against Sabil Mumin Mujahid was dismissed in October 2011, in light of his 50-year combined sentence in two other federal cases, which related to him assaulting other prison inmates while being incarcerated for a weapons conviction.
In December 2009, these four defendants were indicted in a 41-count superseding indictment, which included charges of sex trafficking of children and women by force, promoting prostitution, possession of child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child, tampering with a victim, conspiring to defraud the government by filing false tax returns, and identity theft. Not all four defendants were named in each count.
Greene pled guilty in September 2011 to single counts of attempted sex trafficking of children and conspiracy to defraud the government. Greene used Internet websites such as Craigslist.com and Backpage.com to prostitute children and women and used intimidation to enforce Mujahid’s orders. He also advertised, recruited, and sent women on “dates” for commercial sex acts, collected the proceeds of those acts, and distributed the proceeds to Mujahid and Mujahid’s creditors.
Marshall also posted advertisements online and collected the proceeds of prostitution on behalf of Mujahid. Hooks knowingly allowed the conspiracy to operate on his property and also traded sex with victims in exchange for rent discounts.
“The criminal conduct uncovered during this investigation is shocking to our moral senses and should be rooted out of our communities,” said Kenneth J. Hines, the IRS Special Agent in Charge of Alaska. “When innocent children are targeted by organizations whose goal is to turn a profit from their exploitation, IRS will use its financial expertise to help dismantle those organizations. The law enforcement agencies that investigated this case made stopping this human tragedy a top priority.”
The Anchorage Police Department Vice Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation conducted this investigation and were assisted by agents and detectives from the Innocence Lost Task Force and the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel R. Cooper, Jr. and Trial Attorney Chantel L. Febus from the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and the Criminal Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Charges pertaining to minors in this case were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood combines federal, state, and local resources to better identify, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.