Federal Grand Jury Indicts Anchorage Residents on Charges Related to Conspiracies to Commit Sex Trafficking of Children
41-Count Federal Indictment Charges Three Men and One Woman with Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of Children, Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Numerous Other Charges Related to the Conspiracy
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 18, 2009|
ANCHORAGE—United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that on December 17, 2009, Sabil Mumin Mujahid, Sidney Lamar Greene, Keyana "Koko" Marshall, and Rand Hooks, all of Anchorage, Alaska, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage in a second superseding indictment. The indictment charges:
- two counts of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children and by force, fraud, and coercion;
- two counts of sex trafficking of children and by force, fraud, and coercion;
- one count of attempted sex trafficking of a child and by force, fraud, and coercion;
- six counts of promoting prostitution of children;
- eight counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion;
- 10 counts of promoting prostitution;
- two counts of attempted sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion;
- two counts of possession of child pornography;
- one count of sexual exploitation of a child—production of child pornography;
- one count of tampering with a victim;
- one count of conspiracy to defraud the government–filing false tax returns; and,
- five counts of identity theft.
The 41-count superseding indictment names Mujahid, age 52, Greene, age 38, Marshall, age 21, and Hooks, age 50, as the defendants. Not all of the defendants are named in each count.
According to the indictment, all of the defendants are alleged to have conspired to engage in the promotion of human trafficking, sex trafficking of minors, and promotion of prostitution or receiving the proceeds of promotion of prostitution. Mujahid, Greene, and Marshall are also named in individual counts of the indictment for trafficking specific victims. Greene is alleged to have produced pornographic images of a minor in 1998, and of possessing those images in 2009. He is also alleged to have attempted to traffic a minor under the age of 18 in 2008, and of using a facility of interstate commerce (the Internet) to promote prostitution in 2008. The tampering charge relates to the victim of the child pornography charges.
Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Cooper, Jr. and Trial Attorney Chantel L. Febus, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that each defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Upon conviction, each defendant also faces a fine exceeding $1million, registration as a sex offender, and five years to life on supervised release. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants. Greene has been detained since his arrest on the initial indictment on May 21, 2009.
The Anchorage Police Department Vice Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. They were assisted by agents and detectives from the Innocence Lost Task Force and the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office with assistance 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Authorities are seeking information regarding the identification of other victims of these crimes and ask that anyone with information please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Anchorage at 907-276-4441.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.