NEWS: Conviction in US Federal Trial For Role In Interstate Prostitution Ring

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Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 12:03:38 -0800 (PST)


Lowell Man Convicted By Jury In
Federal Trial For Role In Prostitution
Ring; Reports U.S. Attorney

BOSTON, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Attorney Donald K. Stern,
Federal Bureau of
Investigation Special Agent in Charge Barry W. Mawn, and Chief of the Lowell
Police Department
Edward Davis announced today that Troy Footman, age 36, of Lowell,
Massachusetts was found
guilty of eighteen counts in a twenty-one count Indictment by a jury in U.S.
District Court after a
fifteen day trial.

U.S. Attorney Stern stated, ``Footman left behind scores of young women and
children that he
cruelly victimized, living off the proceeds of their prostitution. The
children and parents of
Massachusetts can feel safer today knowing that Troy Footman will spend a
long time in federal
prison.'' Stern commended the efforts of the FBI, Lowell Police and Delaware
State Police during
the year long investigation preceding the Indictment.

The jury found Footman guilty of eighteen counts in the twenty-one count
Indictment as follows:

    -- In count one, Footman was convicted of participating in a conspiracy,
       from in or about June, 1996 to in or about April, 1997, to transport
       individuals and minors from Lowell, Massachusetts to New Castle,
       Delaware, for the purpose of prostitution and to use an interstate
       facility, Western Union, to distribute the proceeds of a business
       enterprise involving prostitution activities. He faces a maximum
       sentence of 5 years' imprisonment.

    -- In counts three, four, five and six, Footman was convicted of
       interstate transportation of minors for the purpose of prostitution.
       He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment on each of these
       counts. Footman was acquitted on Count Two which also charged
       interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of prostitution.

    -- In count seven, Footman was convicted of interstate transportation of
       an individual for the purpose of prostitution. He faces a maximum
       sentence of 5 years' imprisonment on this Count.

    -- In counts eight through nineteen, Footman was convicted of use of an
       interstate facility, Western Union, to distribute the proceeds of a
       business enterprise involving prostitution. He faces a maximum
       sentence of 5 years' imprisonment on each of these counts. Footman was
       acquitted on Counts Twenty and Twenty One which charged use of an
       interstate facility, Western Union, to distribute the proceeds of a
       business enterprise involving prostitution.

U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner scheduled Footman's sentencing for
January 27, 1999.
Footman's codefendant, Kimyou Tes is scheduled to begin her trial before
Judge Gertner on
January 25, 1999.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston
and Lowell,
Massachusetts and Wilmington, Delaware, the Lowell Police Department, and
the Delaware State
Police. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paula J.
DeGiacomo and Diana K.
Lloyd of Unit of Donald K. Stern's Major Crimes Unit.

SOURCE: U.S. Attorney's Office


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