Federal Choose Sentences Chicago Intercourse Trafficker to 30 Years in Jail | USAO-NDIL
CHICAGO — A federal decide has sentenced a Chicago man to 30 years in federal jail for forcing ladies and youngsters to interact in business intercourse acts within the metropolis and suburbs.
From 2012 to 2014, CHARLES FEARS and a co-defendant, SAMUEL NICHOLS, operated a intercourse trafficking enterprise by means of which they used drive, fraud, and coercion to trigger a number of ladies and youngsters to interact in business intercourse acts and switch over the proceeds to Fears and Nichols. The lads provided the victims, a few of whom have been as younger as 13 years previous, with medicine and alcohol whereas coercing them to take part within the business intercourse acts. Fears and Nichols typically hit, slapped, and punched the victims who labored for them, together with incidents by which Fears put a sufferer’s head into a bathroom after she broke his guidelines. The pair overtly flaunted their roles as traffickers, flashing cash in social media posts and utilizing the trafficking proceeds to fund a Chicago-area rap group that posted music movies on-line.
Fears, 28, of Chicago, pleaded responsible in 2018 to federal conspiracy and intercourse trafficking fees. U.S. District Choose Virginia M. Kendall on Friday imposed the 30-year jail time period for Fears and ordered that it’s adopted by courtroom supervision for all times. Choose Kendall additionally ordered Fears to pay greater than $1.6 million in restitution to the victims.
Nichols, 37, of Chicago, was sentenced in 2019 by Choose Kendall to life in jail.
Fears’s sentence was introduced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Lawyer for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Particular Agent-in-Cost of the Chicago Area Workplace of the FBI. Precious help was supplied by the Carol Stream, Sick., Police Division, Downers Grove, Sick., Police Division, and DuPage County Sheriff’s Workplace.
“Fears and Nichols managed their victims bodily and psychologically,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Streicker, Michelle Petersen, and Elizabeth Pozolo argued within the authorities’s sentencing memorandum. “It’s almost inconceivable to understand the trauma Fears inflicted on his victims.”
In case you imagine you’re a sufferer of sexual exploitation, you’re inspired to contact the Nationwide Heart for Lacking and Exploited Youngsters by logging on to www.missingkids.com/home or by calling 1-800-843-5678. The service is obtainable 24 hours a day, seven days every week.