Three California Residents Plead Guilty to Sex Trafficking-Related Offenses
ORLANDO, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Vincent Hudson, a/k/a “Goldie,” (44, Stockton, CA), Patricia Poulson, a/k/a “Moët Diamonds,” (22, Stockton, CA), and Jessica McCrary, a/k/a “Amber Snow” (20, Stockton, CA) pleaded guilty today. Hudson pleaded guilty to one count of transporting a minor to engage in prostitution and one count of committing a felony offense involving a minor when required to register as a sex offender. Hudson was previously convicted of a felony sex offense that requires him to register as a sex offender in California. Poulson and McCrary each pleaded guilty to interstate travel with intent to promote an unlawful activity, namely prostitution. Hudson faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years, up to life in federal prison. Poulson and McCrary each face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 20, 2014, before United States District Judge Paul Byron.
According to their plea agreements, on November 8, 2013, Minor A, a 16-year-old female, met Hudson at a hotel in Orlando. McCrary and Poulson were traveling with Hudson. Minor A initially told Hudson that she was a runaway with an active arrest warrant. Hudson promised the minor a “new identity” if she would join their “team” as a prostitute. Minor A said that Hudson, Poulson, and McCrary told her that she would be working as a prostitute and having sex for money in both Louisiana and California.
Minor A left Orlando with Hudson, Poulson, and McCrary and they drove to Louisiana. While in Louisiana, Minor A walked the streets of Lafayette and New Orleans as a prostitute, providing commercial sex for money. All of the money that she earned was given to Hudson. While they were in Lafayette, Hudson stole an identification card at a tattoo shop belonging to “D.G.” This became Minor A’s new identity. Minor A worked in Louisiana for three weeks and then took a bus from Lafayette, Louisiana to Stockton, California. Minor A rode the bus by herself using the name “D.G.” Once in Stockton, Minor A worked as a prostitute nearly every day, from noon to 11:00 p.m., until she was arrested for prostitution on December 18, 2013. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Orlando Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Haas.
It is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.