DALLAS — Damion Kentrell White, 24, of Dallas, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 240 months in federal prison on felony convictions stemming from a plan to recruit a developmentally disabled teenage girl to engage in commercial sex acts, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Damion White pleaded guilty to one count of using a facility of interstate commerce in aid or a racketeering enterprise and one count of illegal receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment.
His co-defendant brother, Kenneth Laray White, 27, was sentenced earlier this year to serve a total of 326 months in federal prison. Kenneth White pleaded guilty to one count of using a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Another defendant charged and convicted in the case, their cousin, Mecose Mendale Shorter, 32, also of Dallas, pleaded guilty in May to one count of use of a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 28, 2016.
According to documents filed in the case, from approximately July 4, 2013, to July 22, 2013, Damion White, Kenneth White and Mecose Shorter engaged in an enterprise that promoted prostitution in various hotels in Dallas. In early July 2013, Damion and Kenneth White recruited a mentally challenged 18-year-old girl to work for them in the prostitution enterprise; Shorter was engaged in the unlawful activity of promoting prostitution of another female.
Damion and Kenneth knew the victim since she was 15 years old. When she was 18 years old, they devised a plan to recruit her to engage in commercial sex acts for them by taking advantage of her diminished mental capacity. In late June 2013, Damion White established a friendship with the victim, and then, in early July of 2013, he used false pretenses to convince her to leave her home with him.
Later that night, Kenneth and Damion White drove the victim to a motel in Dallas where Damion White had rented a room. Kenneth White used his cell phone to take provocative photos of the victim that they later used in advertisements they posted on backpage.com (link is external). They deprived her of food and prevented her from leaving the room to encourage her to engage in commercial sex acts for them. Kenneth White had sex with the victim, and the victim eventually engaged in commercial sex acts and provided the money she earned to Kenneth White. Kenneth and Damion White used the Internet and a cell phone to coordinate the victim’s commercial sex acts with potential customers.
Later, Kenneth and Damion White moved the victim to another motel in Dallas where they continued to compel her to engage in commercial acts during the latter part of July 2013. Officers with the Dallas Police Department rescued the victim from this motel on July 22, 2013.
Kenneth and Damion White were arrested on federal sex trafficking charges on February 25, 2014. Kenneth White was found at his girlfriend’s apartment, and during a protective sweep of the apartment, agents located a Romar/Cugir 7.62 caliber rifle, along with three extended magazines under the mattress in the master bedroom. Damion White admitted that he had possessed firearms recently, including the firearm that Kenneth White was caught with that day. Damion White further admitted that he had been under indictment for a felony marijuana case for quite some time.
The North Texas Trafficking Taskforce, including the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Dallas Police Department, investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cara Foos Pierce is prosecuting the case.