BALTIMORE (WJZ) — – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced 32 year-old Jean Claude Roy of Germantown, Maryland, to 20 years in prison.

The sentencing follows 10 years of supervised release for conspiring to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, three counts of interstate transportation for prostitution, and witness and evidence tampering.

According to evidence presented during the two week trial, between August and September 2012 Roy transported a victim across state lines to engage in prostitution. He also took the victim’s identity documents and kept all of the victim’s money.

During the trial, victims recounted their fear of Roy, explaining instances of physical and sexual abuse, threats, tattoo branding and Roy’s bragging of beating a murder charge years prior in Massachusetts.

“If he could kill a man, who’s gonna care about a prostitute,” one victim said from the witness stand. Witnesses detailed the guns in Roy’s possession and how he prostituted women in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

In November 2012, Roy recruited co-defendant Brittney Creason to engage in prostitution. Thereafter, Creason helped Roy recruit and transport girls from Illinois and North Carolina to engage in prostitution. Roy conspired to force the women to engage in prostitution by again bragging about beating murder charges, taking their identity documents and taking their money.

Trial evidence also showed that from January 1 through 10, 2013, while Roy was in jail on related state charges, he called an individual several times and had that person access online accounts and storage services belonging to Roy and Creason in order to erase evidence related to these charges.

The jury found Roy not guilty of sex trafficking and attempted sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; and possessing and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

To report suspected instances of human trafficking, contact the HSI’s tip line at 866-DHS-2ICE (1-866-347-2423) or by completing its online tip form.

Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

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