Jeremy Ray Warren, 26, heard U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller levy the punishment, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott, of the Eastern District of California in Sacramento, announced in a press release issued Tuesday.
Warren had pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug. 16, 2019 and will be sent to a federal prison.
According to court documents, between Feb. 1, 2012, and April 18, 2013, he trafficked two minor victims, knowing that force, threats of force, and coercion would be used to cause the minors to engage in prostitution, Scott noted in the prepared statement.
Later, between April 23 and April 25, 2013, Warren conspired with Alyssa Tegan Brulez, 26, of Vacaville, to traffic a third minor victim, and to benefit financially from commercial sex acts by the third victim. Brulez is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Mueller on July 20.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Vacaville Police Department, the FBI, the California Highway Patrol, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael M. Beckwith leads the prosecution.
“Warren preyed on some of the weakest members of our community,” children who lacked strong family support “or were suffering from other instability,” said Scott. “He exploited these weaknesses for his personal advantage and gain. The damage he caused can never be undone.”
“No person should ever be coerced, defrauded or sold as a mere commodity to whomever is willing to pay for illicit services,” added Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI’s Sacramento field office. “The FBI works with our law enforcement and community partners to ensure traffickers face justice for their crimes and their victims have an opportunity to escape the cycle of abuse.”
Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for Scott, said the case materialized as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, the project brings together federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet-safety education.