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Case Number: 3:20-cr-30020-MGM-1
Judge: Mark G. Maswtroianni
Court: United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Hampden County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Springfield, MA: Criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with racketeering offenses relating to the promotion of commercial sex.
Kevin Smoot, 60, was charged with one count of conspiracy to use a facility of interstate commerce to promote prostitution offenses and seven counts of use of a facility of interstate commerce to promote prostitution offenses.
Between February 2019 and June 2020, Smoot conspired with others to promote commercial sex involving several women. Smoot transported women to and from commercial sex appointments, recruited and encouraged them to engage in commercial sex acts for money and helped to procure illegal drugs for use by the drug-addicted women. In addition, Smoot provided a residential location for commercial sex acts between female victims of sex trafficking and male customers, taking actions to collect money from male customers, and benefiting from the proceeds.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey; Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Hampden County Sheriff Nicholas Cocchi; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Mendell’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case.
Conspiracy to Commit Use of a Facility of Interstate Commerce to Promote Prostitution Offenses 18 U.S.C. § 371
Use of Facility of Interstate Commerce to Promote Prostitution Offenses 18 U.S.C.§ 1952(a)(3)
Outcome: Time Served to be followed by Three Years Supervised Release. No Fine. $800 Special Assessment Fee due immediately.