15 April 2010

South Dakota Man with New Indictments in Child Sex Ring Case

A Tea, SD man is hit with a new indictment and atleast three new charges since his first indictment in December of 2009.

Brandon Quincy Thompson, a 26-year-old Tea man located just outside of Sioux Falls in South Dakota was arrested in late November for the trafficking of three child victims for sex in what is being called a child sex ring. Thompson has been held in the Minnehaha County Jail since then.

On Thursday, prosecutors filed a new indictment that points to eight of ten victims being children that were transported across state lines. The new federal indictment also adds new charges of Thompson sending pornographic pictures of children across state lines with a Blackberry; he stole a St. Paul man's identity and used a firearm to commit a felony.

Charges also include Thompson going under the names "Terrence Clay" and " Kadafi" while living in Tea and attempting to solicit the murders of two federal witnesses between February and April.

Tompson is being held away from the general jail population with no internet access by the request of the prosecuters, but he can still use the inmate phone system. Thompson can also see visitors, says Minnehaha County Jail Warden Tim Devlin.

"He's in isolation, but he's not restricted from having any visitors," Devlin said.

Thompson's girlfriend, 30-year-old Megan Marie Hayes, is charged with one count of sex trafficking. An affidavit filed last year claims the two placed ads for prostitution services on the Web site backpage.com. Clients would set up meetings with the girls by calling one of the handful of cell phone numbers Thompson used, the court documents said.

Hayes was released to the custody of her father in Davenport, Iowa, in December.

There is no word yet on whether there will be attempted murder charges filed. Each of the 12 counts relating to sex trafficking carry a maximum sentence of life in federal prison. Both have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The Tea Police Department and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation assisted with the initial proceedings, but the case now is in the hands of federal prosecutors and the FBI.

"As long as there are charges pending, our case is open," said Special Agent E.K. Wilson of the FBI's Minneapolis field office.

Florida Man Arrested for Human Trafficking

Teusday, Deputies arrested a Hillsborough man who investigators say was trafficking a disabled minor.

Because of a complaint in 2008, 25-year-old Mario Alberto Laguna-Guerrero is charged with coercing a developmentally challenged 16-year-old girl into having sex for money.

It is reported that Laguna-Guerrero brought the teen to various migrant worker camps in eastern Hillsborough County, charging men to sleep with her.

Authorities also say Laguna-Guerrero tried to get the teen to recruit her friends into his prostitution business.

This case was investigated by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Clearwater Area Task Force on Human Trafficking(CATFHT), a law enforcement and social services coalition to fight human trafficking in the Tampa Bay area.

According to CATFHT, Florida is one of the highest destination states for women and children trafficked into the United States.

Laguna-Guerrero's first appearence in federal court was Wednesday afternoon. After standing before Judge Pizzo, he ordered him to be held without bond. If convicted, Guerrero faces life in prison.

Trainee Teacher Cleared of Having Sex With Special Needs Pupil

Trainee techer in UK charged with having sex with one of her pupils is found not guilty.

A four day trial claimed that 25 year old Hannah McIntyre, seduced a 16 year old male student at her home after giving him cider.

Miss McIntyre, of Waterloo, Merseyside, was a classics teacher at Merchant Taylor's boy's school on Merseyside.

McIntyre denied the charge of one count of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust in a Liverpool Crown Court.

She believes the boy made the story up to deflect attention from his bad behavior at school.