The sentence, handed down by U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney, marks the end of a wild case involving defendant Kealeon Shakur Dyer-Hogan, 23, who beat a child pornography production charge only to be arrested a week later for allegedly trafficking girls aged 13 and 15. Dyer-Hogan pleaded guilty to trafficking the 15-year-old, making him eligible for a 10-year term.
Before he was sentenced, Dyer-Hogan said he was “taking responsibility,” but added, “I have been picked on. I have been targeted, and it’s OK.” He added that prosecutors’ attempting to seize his vehicle, which he said his wife needs especially now that he’s in jail, was “kicking below the belt.”
“I guess 10 years is not enough. Ten years away from my children and my grandmother,” Dyer-Hogan said. Later, referring to his victims, he said, “I hope those young ladies do not ruin anyone else’s life … it didn’t start with me and it didn’t stop since I’ve been in here.”
Before handing down the sentence, Chesney said she was “disappointed” in how things turned out, and that she had hopes for Dyer-Hogan at the start of the case, when he was indicted for allegedly trafficking a 17-year-old girlfriend in October 2019. She noted that at the time, Dyer-Hogan had a good job and appeared distraught in the jail after his arrest.
“Independent of committing these crimes, it looked like he was getting his life together,” Chesney said. “He had a family life, he had children he was going to be responsible for. Everything seemed to be going fine and yet he just engaged in this behavior.”
Before handing down the sentence, Chesney remarked, “I can’t think of anything more ill-advised, pending your sentence behavior, than what has been demonstrated in this case.” She also referred to Dyer-Hogan getting a “stupid tattoo,” a reference to a tattoo prosecutors highlighted that uses an expletive to taunt federal officials.
Dyer-Hogan said he didn’t mean for the tattoo to offend the court, and that it was directed at prosecutors. He also thanked Chesney for “giving me a another chance after I messed up.”
“You surprised me on so many levels and I do thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said.
Dyer-Hogan was released on the trafficking charge when he was re-arrested and charged with filming a teen girl perform a sex act on his brother. During his trial last July, he was convicted of possessing child pornography but acquitted of producing it. He remained out of jail, but eight days later was arrested on suspicion of trafficking the teen girls in Oakland, and has been in jail ever since.
Chesney asked that court documents detailing the trafficking be changed from saying Dyer-Hogan “forced” the girl into prostitution to “persuaded.” She said the term “force” could lead to the Bureau of Prison incarcerating Dyer-Hogan in a maximum security facility with “hardened criminals,” and she wanted to avoid that, if possible.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Leif Dautch described Dyer-Hogan as a master manipulator who deserved the 10 years he was getting. Both prosecutors and the defense agreed upon the sentence.“This was a pattern of predatory behavior across at least four years, against at least four minor victims,” Dautch said. “It provides just punishment and I hope it is adequate deterrence.”
Assistant federal public defender Daniel Blank said he has a “very very different” view of the case than Dautch, but said he wouldn’t “belabor it” given that both sides agreed on the 10-year term. He pointed out no force or violence is alleged in the charging records, and described Dyer-Hogan as a hardworking father.