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Federal Jury Finds Truck Driver Guilty of Sex Trafficking a Minor and Producing Child Pornography | USAO-WDPA

PITTSBURGH — After deliberating for just over an hour on Friday, a federal jury of 12 men and women found Roderick King, who elected to represent himself, guilty of one count of sex trafficking a minor and two heads of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, U.S. Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

King, 32, formerly of suburban Chicago, Illinois, was tried before U.S. District Judge Christy Criswell Wiegand in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to Assistant United States Attorneys Rebecca L. Silinski and Jeffrey R. Bengel, who tried the case, evidence presented at trial established that over a three-year period, beginning in 2017, King, a driver of truck, paid the minor victim. , who was 14 when King first met her, hundreds of dollars in cash for sex on about 10 occasions, and produced two videos of her sexually exploiting the underage victim.

King used social media accounts – namely the Snapchat username “fuckabeatiwastr” and several Facebook accounts, including “Raphael Bloomberg” and “Raphael Huxtable” – to communicate with the underage victim. Messages between King and the underage victim were presented during the trial, which prosecutors say demonstrated that King used these accounts to control, manipulate and exploit his victim.

In the fall of 2020, however, the underage victim entered the Butler Township police station and informed law enforcement of the crimes committed against her by King. The underage victim testified bravely at trial and, when questioned by King, said decisively that she was motivated to report these crimes to the police because “30-year-old men shouldn’t have sex with small children.”

Judge Wiegand said the sentence will be set by a new court order. The law provides for a sentence of at least 15 years to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The court ordered King to remain in custody pending sentencing.

The Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Group, and special agents from the Child Predator Section of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, with assistance from the Butler Township Police Department and of Butler County Child and Youth Services, conducted the investigation that led to King’s prosecution.

The charges King was convicted of relate to a specific victim. Other members of the public who may have information about King’s involvement in sex trafficking and child exploitation are encouraged to call HSI’s hotline at 866-347-2423 and indicate that the report is at HSI. -Pittsburgh regarding Roderick King.

This lawsuit is part of Operation TEN (Trafficking Ends Now), an umbrella coalition of law enforcement, community and nonprofit partners in the 25 counties of the Western District of Pennsylvania, formed and led by the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District. of Pennsylvania. AUSA Silinski is the Human Trafficking Prosecution Coordinator and oversees Operation TEN and Community Outreach. This coordinated effort aims to end human trafficking through education and improved cooperation between law enforcement partners, victim service providers and community members, thereby strengthening the Office’s ability to empower victims of human trafficking to become successful survivors.