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Sex Trafficking Conviction for Little Rock Man

Jermaine Lamon Roy, 22, faces 15-year federal prison term at sentencing.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Little Rock man is behind bars at the Pulaski County Jail on a hold for the U.S. Marshals Service after being convicted of sex trafficking.

Jermaine Lamon Roy, 22, was found guilty in Federal Court of one count of sex trafficking by use of force, fraud, or coercion.

The case was investigated by the Little Rock Police Department Vice Unit in conjunction with the FBI through the Denied Innocence Task Force. They conducted a series of three undercover prostitution operations. Through these operations they learned of a pimp working in Little Rock using the name Vegas. During the third undercover operation, the Denied Innocence Task Force came in contact with a victim who identified the man using the name Vegas as her pimp. Vegas, later determined by investigators as Jermaine Roy, was arrested as a result of that sting operation.

“This is an important case for the victims of sex trafficking,” said Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. “Because of the investigative commitment by the Little Rock Police Department’s Vice Squad, this case was brought to the federal level for prosecution. Together with the FBI, they provided the necessary evidence to stop the violence and forced sex trafficking committed by Roy. While this is the first sex trafficking case prosecuted in the Eastern District of Arkansas, I feel sure there will be more. Those who devalue human dignity will meet justice.”

When Roy is sentenced at a later date to be set by the court, he faces a statutory minimum of 15 years to life in federal prison.

“Today's guilty verdict is the first conviction resulting from the work of our Denied Innocence Task Force, a partnership between my office and the Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton, Bryant, and Conway Police Departments, the Saline County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, and the United States Marshal's Service,” said Randall C. Coleman, Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “Working together, we will continue to aggressively investigate those who participate in sex trafficking.”

Roy was charged in a Superseding Indictment on May 9.

“We are grateful for work of the Denied Innocence Task Force and for the diligent prosecution of this case by the United States Attorney’s Office,” said Little Rock Police Department Chief Stuart Thomas. “I hope this sends an important message that we will continue to pursue such cases and that we will be successful.”

The jury reached a verdict after four and one-half hours of deliberation following four days of testimony and presentation of evidence. Testimony from the victim, family members of the victim, and another prostitute who worked for Vegas showed that Roy routinely used force or threatened the use of force to cause the victim to engage in commercial sex acts.
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