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Dallas Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking Of Children

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Keith Williams, aka “Chucky Blood,” 24, of Dallas, appeared in federal court Tuesday and pleaded guilty, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney, to one count of sex trafficking of children. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of not less than 10 years and up to life in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey on June 9, 2014. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Williams’ co-defendant in the case, Erin Patton, 25, also of Dallas, is set for trial for June 2, 2014, on an indictment charging her with the same offense. Both Williams and Patton are in custody.

According to documents filed in the case, in September 2012, after she ran away from home, 14-year-old “Jane Doe” met Erin Patton. Patton let Jane Doe stay with her, and Patton facilitated Jane Doe’s engaging in commercial sex acts by driving her to locations where the acts occurred and providing her a cell phone so she could post her services on “Mocospace” and Backpage.com. Jane Doe gave Patton money she earned from engaging in the sex acts.

Then, in November 2012, after she again ran away from home, Jane Doe contacted Patton. This time, both Patton and Williams picked up the young runaway and posted her availability to engage in commercial sex acts on Backpage.com. While Williams went to serve a jail sentence shortly thereafter, Patton continued facilitating the girl’s commercial sex acts. But the 14-year-old eventually left.

In April 2013, Jane Doe again contacted Patton and told her she was still in school, but wanted to leave and wanted Patton to pick her up. Patton and Williams agreed to let Jane Doe stay with them, but they told her she was going to have to engage in commercial sex acts, as she had done in the past, to pay for her expenses. Williams and/or Patton drove Jane Doe to meet with customers and Jane Doe gave all the money she earned to Williams and Patton.

On May 4, 2013, officers with the Dallas Police Department (DPD) encountered now 15-year-old Jane Doe, in a car parked in an area known for prostitution. Williams came by shortly thereafter. He admitted knowing she was 15, driving her to meet with customer and collecting proceeds from her “dates.”

DPD led the investigation, with assistance from the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cara Foos Pierce is prosecuting.

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