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North MS man sentenced to 15 years on child sex trafficking charge

A north MS man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of child sex trafficking.

From the Department of Justice:

 A federal judge sentenced an Oxford, Mississippi man to serve 15 years in federal prison on Thursday afternoon for sex trafficking of a minor in Oxford between February and March 2018. Edward Earl Daniels pled guilty on May 19, 2019, to the charge of sex trafficking of a child by force, fraud or coercion. Oxford Police officers initially arrested Daniels on March 1, 2018, for a traffic violation. However, Oxford Police officers and FBI agents investigated the circumstances of a minor in the vehicle, and determined Daniels had operated a prostitution ring with the minor and other victims. An announcement regarding Daniels’ sentence was made by Michelle A. Sutphin, Special Agent in Charge for the FBI Jackson Division, Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, and U.S. Attorney William C. Lamar.  

In sentencing Daniels to the 15-year term along with five years of supervised release, U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills reviewed Daniels’ criminal history and remarked, “You have made the decision to lead a life of crime and take advantage of others. The facts you admitted to – you admitted to taking advantage of a young lady, and I can’t think of anything much worse.”

“People, especially children, are not property, and selling or trading them for any purpose is immoral and a criminal act,” said SAC Sutphin.  “We will continue to work side by side with the United States Attorney’s Office, along with our law enforcement partners, to target predators of children and to bring those who victimize the most vulnerable in our communities to justice.”

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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