Couple Found Guilty of Sex Trafficking of Minors in Two States
HOUSTON—Arieal J. Bishop, 30, and David J. Golson, 27, have been convicted of sex trafficking and possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
The pair faced charges in both Texas and Arkansas. The Texas indictment was returned in April 2013, alleging crimes that occurred between April and September 2011. The charges from Arkansas took place in November 2012.
Today, Bishop appeared in Houston federal court and entered a guilty plea to possession of child pornography and transportation of minors in the Texas and sex trafficking of minors as alleged in the Arkansas case. Golson had previously pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of minors from the Texas case and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in the Arkansas case. The Arkansas case was eventually transferred to Houston the charges merged. The convictions resolve the allegations in both cases.
The investigation revealed Bishop filmed Golson engaging in sex with a 17-year-old girl within a short time after meeting them. Bishop posted advertisements for commercial sex for both herself and the victim in Houston as well as other cities in Texas and in Louisiana. The victim traveled with Bishop to Louisiana where they met up with Golson and continued to post ads and engage in commercial sex. The victim gave money she earned from commercial sex to Bishop who then gave it to Golson.
Bishop and Golson were originally arrested in Arkansas and charged with sex trafficking offenses involving a different minor victim.
In May 2013, the two appeared in Houston federal court, at which time U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen W. Smith found them to be a flight risk and ordered them into custody. The court considered that neither person had any legitimate source of income, residence or significant ties to the area.
U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, who accepted the guilty pleas, has set sentencing for Feb. 13, and Jan. 23, 2015, respectively, for Bishop and Golson.
For the child pornography charges, Bishop faces up to 10 years in prison. She also faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life for sex trafficking of a minor and transportation of a minor. Golson also faces up to life for both of his convictions. All charges also carry a possible $250,000 maximum fine. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, they also face up to life on supervised release and will be required to register as sex offenders.
The Texas case was investigated by the Houston FBI Innocence Lost Task Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Sherri L. Zack. The Arkansas case was prosecuted by AUSA Kristin Bryant.