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January 23, 2015

Two Men Charged with Sex Trafficking

CINCINNATI—A federal grand jury has charged Anthony Lee Brown, 48, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Christopher Combs, 25, of Cincinnati, Ohio, with sex trafficking in an indictment returned in Cincinnati.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, John Barrios, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Acting Special Agent in Charge—Cincinnati Division, and Jeffrey Blackwell, Cincinnati Chief of Police, announced the indictment returned yesterday.

The indictment alleges that beginning on or about October 7, 2014 through November 18, 2014, Brown and Combs used a facility of interstate commerce to coerce and entice individuals to engage in sexual activity. The defendants allegedly transported individuals from Ohio to Kentucky and elsewhere to engage in prostitution.

Coercion and enticement is a crime that is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Transportation of an individual to engage is prostitution is a crime punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Brown and Combs were arrested by Officers assigned to the Cincinnati Police Department—Vice Unit and Special Agents with the FBI on January 22.

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the investigation of this case by the FBI, Cincinnati Police Department, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy Muncy, who is prosecuting the case.

An indictment merely contains allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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