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United States of America v. Damion Alexander
Case Number: 1:22-cr-00159
Judge: Jane Magnus-Stinson
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Marion County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis
Description: Indianapolis, Indiana criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged wit sex trafficking a minor.
Damion Alexander, ate 28, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, met a 17-year-old girl online sometime in 2021. After meeting the minor and her adult friend in person, Alexander convinced them both to travel with him and caused them to engage in commercial sex acts that financially benefited him. From at least May 15, 2021, to June 2, 2021, Alexander transported the minor victim back and forth from Fort Wayne to engage in commercial sex in Indianapolis-area hotels on multiple occasions.
Alexander took sexually explicit photos and videos of the minor victim and the adult and used them for online commercial sex advertisements. Cell phone videos obtained during the investigation showed Alexander berating and abusing the minor victim while she was severely impaired.
Alexander corresponded with the commercial sex buyers, set prices, and directed the minor victim as to how long to spend with them and what acts to perform. Commercial sex buyers used CashApp to make payments that were transferred to Alexander’s account. Alexander received and kept thousands of dollars obtained by trafficking the minor victim in commercial sex, assuring her that he was “holding” the money and would give it back to her if she ever needed it.
On June 2, 2021, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers recovered the minor victim at the Sheraton Hotel located at Keystone Crossing in Indianapolis. Alexander was found loitering outside of the victim’s hotel room, and he fled the scene when approached by officers.
“Trafficking vulnerable minors’ bodies for financial gain is a despicable crime that merits significant punishment,” said Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “Pimps like this defendant inflict lasting trauma with utter disregard for the safety or dignity of those they exploit. Our office and our law enforcement partners, including the FBI and IMPD, are fully committed to rescuing survivors from sex trafficking and putting pimps in prison. The sentence imposed today should serve as a warning to would-be traffickers: if you sell minors for sex you will spend many years in federal prison.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and IMPD investigated this case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. Judge Stinson also ordered that Alexander be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 15 years following his release from federal prison and pay $13,000 in restitution to the victims. Alexander must also register as a sex offender where he lives, works, and goes to school, as required by law.
U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Kristina M. Korobov and Lawrence D. Hilton, who prosecuted this case.
SEX TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN OR BY FORCE, FRAUD OR COERCION (Sex Trafficking of a Minor)
Outcome: 03/15/2023 77 MINUTE ORDER for proceedings held on 3/15/2023. Defendant Damion Alexander (01) appeared in person and by counsel, Julie Treida for sentencing. The Government appeared by counsel, Kristina Korobov with its investigative agent Elizabeth Carlson. La Tia Dowdell appeared on behalf of the United States Probation Office. The hearing was recorded by Court Reporter, Laura Howie-Walters. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.The proceedings were adjourned. (SEE ORDERS FOR MORE DETAILS.) Signed by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. (Court Reporter Laura Howie-Walters) (MRI) (Entered: 03/15/2023)
Defendant was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment.