Three California Residents Sentenced for Sex Trafficking-Related Offenses
ORLANDO, FL—United States District Judge Paul Byron today sentenced 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) for sex trafficking-related offenses. Hudson was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. McCrary and Poulson were each sentenced to three years’ probation, respectively.
All three individuals pleaded guilty on September 4, 2014. Hudson pleaded guilty to one count of transporting a minor to engage in prostitution and one count of the commission of a felony offense involving a minor when required to register as a sex offender. Poulson and McCrary pleaded guilty to interstate travel with intent to promote an unlawful activity, namely prostitution.
According to their plea agreements, on November 8, 2013, a 16-year-old female, met Hudson at a hotel in Orlando, Florida. Traveling with Hudson were McCrary and Poulson. The minor initially told Hudson that she was a runaway with an active arrest warrant. Hudson promised her a “new identity” if she would join their “team” as a prostitute. The minor victim said that Hudson, Poulson, and McCrary all told her that she would be working as a prostitute and having sex for money in both Louisiana and California.
The minor victim left Orlando with Hudson, Poulson, and McCrary and they drove to Louisiana. While in Louisiana, the minor worked the streets of Lafayette and New Orleans as a prostitute. All of the money was given to Hudson.
While in Lafayette, Hudson stole an identification card at a tattoo shop belonging to “D.G.,” which became the minor’s new identity. After working in Louisiana for three weeks, the minor took a bus from Lafayette, Louisiana to Stockton, California, where she worked as a prostitute nearly every day 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 was 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 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.