Crime

Madison man convicted of sex trafficking, prostitution

MADISON, Wis. - A Madison man could face life in prison after he was found guilty Thursday of multiple counts of sex trafficking and prostitution.

Maurice A. Withers, 28, was found guilty in federal court of six counts of sex trafficking and three counts of interstate trafficking for prostitution, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Several of the charges involved minors, who testified in court that Withers used coercion, force and threats of force to encourage them to engage in prostitution, the release said. 

Prosecutors said Withers forced three people to go from Wisconsin to Nevada to engage in prostitution, the release said. They also presented evidence taken from a cellphone and Facebook that proved he was a sex trafficker.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 17. Withers faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison on the counts of sex trafficking involving adults, a minimum of 10 years to a maximum of life in prison for the sex trafficking counts involving minors and up to 10 years in prison on the counts of transporting an individual for prostitution, the release said.


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