OKC Man Convicted of Child Sex Trafficking
Mike Seals - October 8, 2020 10:56 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY – RODERICK GLENN HOUSTON, JR., 36, of Oklahoma City, has pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.
On September 1, 2020, a federal grand jury returned a Superseding Indictment against Houston that charged him with child sex trafficking, production of child pornography, and transportation of child pornography.
Today, Houston pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking before Senior U.S. District Judge Stephen P. Friot. According to public records and admissions made as part of his guilty plea, between April 2015 and March 9, 2016, Houston served as the pimp of a girl known as Jane Doe #1. Houston placed advertisements for Jane Doe #1 as an escort on the internet, provided her to men for commercial sex, and kept the cash proceeds. In spite of knowing that she was a child, he sold her to men for sex in Oklahoma, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.
At sentencing, which will occur in approximately 90 days, Houston faces not less than 10 years and up to life in federal prison. If sentenced to less than life, he will be required to comply with terms of supervised release for at least five years and up to life and be required to register as a sex offender. Houston also faces a fine of up to $250,000 and could be ordered to pay restitution to Jane Doe #1.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Oklahoma City Field Office, the Oklahoma City Police Department, and the Los Angeles (California) Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brandon Hale and McKenzie Anderson prosecuted the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the DOJ Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.