Houston Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking of Children
|U.S. Attorney’s Office July 10, 2014|
HOUSTON—Pierre Johnson aka “Too Good,” 39, of Houston, has entered a plea of guilty to trafficking children under 18 for commercial sex, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
According to the plea agreement, from Aug. 1, 2013, through Nov. 1, 2013, Johnson forced at least three minor girls into prostitution by using force and intimidation. Johnson stipulated that he and his conspirators would photograph the girls and post online ads for prostitution. In those ads, he would advertise the girls for both one-girl and two-girl specials. Johnson kept all monies earned and also supplied the victims with marijuana. Johnson prostituted his victims in Texas, Louisiana and Colorado.
U.S. District Judge David Ellison accepted the guilty pleas today and set sentencing for Nov. 6, 2014. At that time, Johnson faces up to life imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. He was ordered to remain in custody pending that hearing.
An investigation by the Houston FBI Innocence Lost Task Force, which includes such agencies as the Houston Police Department, developed this case using statements from victims as well as on line advertisements for the victims’ services and hotel records from several hotels.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Julie N. Searle and Sherri L. Zack, was 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, 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.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”