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Date: 01-20-2023

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Jane Doe v. Edwin Roessler, James Baumstark, Michael Barbazette and Jason Mardocco

Case Number: 1:21-cv-01150


Court: United States District Court for the District of Eastern (Virginia County)

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Defendant's Attorney: Heather Kathleen Bardot and Kara Ann Schmidt for Michael O Barbazette

Kimberly Pace Baucom and Jamie Marie Greenzweig for James Baumstark

Vincent Shier, Aishlinn Botinni, Michael J. Scanlon, and Gregory Evan Van Houten for Hazel Sanchez

Description: Alexandria, Virginia personal injury lawyers represented Plaintiff who sued Defendants on civil rights violation theories under 18 U.SC. 1595.

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Plaintiff claimed that former Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler and officers James Baumstark, Michael Barbazette and Jason Mardocco protected a sex-trafficking ring she said threatened to harm her family if she ran away. 

The sex trafficking ring was eventually busted by the FBI in 2019.

18 U.S.C. §1595 provides:

(a) An individual who is a victim of a violation of this chapter may bring a civil action against the perpetrator (or whoever knowingly benefits, financially or by receiving anything of value from participation in a venture which that person knew or should have known has engaged in an act in violation of this chapter) in an appropriate district court of the United States and may recover damages and reasonable attorneys fees.

(b)(1) Any civil action filed under this section shall be stayed during the pendency of any criminal action arising out of the same occurrence in which the claimant is the victim.

(2) In this subsection, a "criminal action" includes investigation and prosecution and is pending until final adjudication in the trial court.

(c) No action may be maintained under this section unless it is commenced not later than the later of—

(1) 10 years after the cause of action arose; or

(2) 10 years after the victim reaches 18 years of age, if the victim was a minor at the time of the alleged offense.

Outcome: Defendants' verdict.

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