Rhode Island Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Sex Trafficking
PROVIDENCE, RI—Ricky Wallace, a/k/a Justice, 33, of Pawtucket, R.I., pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence on Monday to trafficking a 17-year-old woman from the Boston area to Pawtucket for the purposes of commercial sexual activity, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office of the FBI; Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King; Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; United States Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth; and Arlington, Mass., Police Chief Frederick Ryan.
Wallace admitted to the court that in addition to trafficking the 17-year-old, he also brought a 20-year-old woman from the Boston area to Rhode Island where she posed in photos posted on Backpage.com and offered her for commercial sexual activity.
According to court documents, the 17-yerar-old victim was taken from South Station in Boston in the early morning hours of August 19, 2014, and driven to Rhode Island for the purposes of being trafficked for commercial sexual activity. According to the victim, she was driven to the same Pawtucket residence where she was located on August 25, 2014, and rescued by FBI agents, Pawtucket Police and Central Falls Police, after she contacted a group home in the Boston area in which she resided. The group home contacted the FBI.
Additionally, according to court documents, on August 22, 2014, Wallace offered a 20-year-old Boston area woman a ride from South Station in Boston to nearby Cambridge, Mass. Instead of driving her to Cambridge, she was driven to Pawtucket and then to a motel in Seekonk, Mass., where she was photographed and offered on Backpage.com for commercial sexual activity. The woman repeatedly asked that she be driven back to the Boston area. The next day the woman was able to get away from Wallace and had contact with Seekonk Police. Rhode Island State Police also assisted in the investigation.
Appearing before U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi, Wallace pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy, sex trafficking of a child, transportation of a minor for sexual activity, and two counts of transportation of an individual for sexual activity.
Wallace, who has been detained since his arrest on August 29, 2014, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25, 2015.
The case is being prosecuted in federal court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela E. Chin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is also working in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General in the prosecution of this matter.
Wallace also faces charges in Rhode Island state court in an unrelated matter.
The FBI, Pawtucket Police and Rhode Island State Police were assisted in the investigation of this matter by the United States Marshal Service and the Arlington, Mass., Police Department.