#minorsextrafficking | St. Pete Child Sex Trafficker Sentenced To Prison: DOJ

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — A St. Petersburg woman has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for sex trafficking minors, according to a Department of Justice news release.

Leslie Reio, 25, was also ordered to register as a sex offender and pay restitution to the victims. She pleaded guilty to the charges against her on Nov. 16, 2021.

From March 6-14, 2021, Reio and her co-defendant, Julius Arline, “obtained, enticed and houses two child victims in a St. Petersburg hotel room, forcing them to commit commercial sex acts,” the DOJ said.

The victims, who were 14 and 15 years old, were kept in the hotel room where they were given illegal drugs and droved to participate in a number of sex dates during this time, the agency said.

They were forced to take sexually explicit photos of themselves that were used as online advertisements for these dates. After being forced to engage in the sex acts and being paid for them, they were required to give their money to Reio and Arline, according to the DOJ.

Arline, the leader of the organization, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison on June 8. This will be followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

“Predators who hold children captive in hotels and force them to commit commercial sex acts are some of the most vile traffickers,” Kristopher Pagitt, Homeland Security Investigations’ Tampa assistant special agent in charge, said. “HSI, alongside the St. Petersburg Police Department, are committed to rescuing child victims from these truly disturbed individuals. We will not rest until predators like her are put behind bars and held responsible for their heinous crimes.”

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force, with assistance from St. Petersburg Police Department and the United States Marshals Service.

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