Three Sentenced in Federal Court in Sex Trafficking Conspiracy
PROVIDENCE, RI—Three individuals who participated in a conspiracy in August 2014 to trafficking two Boston area females, one of them a minor, into Rhode Island for the purpose of offering them for commercial sexual activity have been sentenced in federal court in Providence.
Kemont Bowie, a/k/a Daddy, 35, of Central Falls, was sentenced today to 13 years in federal prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. Bowie pleaded guilty on June 11, 2015, to conspiracy, sex trafficking of a child and transportation of a minor for sexual activity.
Ricky Wallace, a/k/a Justice, 34, of Pawtucket was sentenced on August 14, 2015, to 12 years in federal prison, to be followed by five years’ supervised release, for his participation in the conspiracy. He pleaded guilty on March 23, 2015, to one count each of conspiracy, sex trafficking of a child and transportation of a minor for sexual activity, and two counts of transportation of an individual for sexual activity.
Raechyl Spooner, 21, of Pawtucket was sentenced on October 8, 2015, to three years’ probation. She pleaded guilty on June 12, 2015, to one count of conspiracy. The sentences, announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office of the FBI; Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King; Central Falls Police Chief Colonel James J. Mendonca; 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, were imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi.
According to court documents and information presented to the court, a 17-year-old female was taken from South Station in Boston in the early morning hours of August 19, 2014, and driven by the defendants 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 by law enforcement six days later and rescued by FBI agents, Pawtucket Police and Central Falls Police. She was located after she contacted a group home in the Boston area in which she resided, who in turn contacted the FBI. Provocative photographs taken of the victim were posted in advertisements placed on Backpage.com.
Additionally, 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, who was assisted by Rhode Island State Police in their investigation.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S Attorney Adi Goldstein.