HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Keanu Davone Martinez, age 22, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on November 1, 2018, by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to 10 years’ imprisonment for transporting a minor for the purposes of committing commercial sex acts.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Martinez and his co-conspirators recruited and transported victims of sex trafficking, girls between the ages of 14 and 24 years old, to engage in commercial sex acts in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Rhode Island, New York and the District of Columbia. In furtherance of these crimes, Martinez and the others rented hotel rooms and posted advertisements and photographs on backpage.com from July 2012 through January 2015. Martinez, Albert Martinez, Anthony D’Ambrosio and the others would keep the majority of the money made during the course of the prostitution business, and distributed various drugs to the victims, including oxycodone, cocaine hydrochloride and heroin.
On December 5, 2017, Martinez pleaded guilty to transporting a minor for the purposes of committing commercial sex acts. Albert E. “Pipo” Martinez, age 36, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania previously pleaded guilty to all sex trafficking and drug trafficking offenses in the superseding indictment. On March 12, 2018, Chief Judge Conner sentenced Albert Martinez to 180 months’ imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release. Brandon Hill, age 30, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania received a sentence of 37 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to the drug trafficking offense.
A jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania convicted Anthony “Tony” D’Ambrosio, age 36, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and Armando Delgado, age 22, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, of various sex trafficking and drug trafficking offenses on December 18, 2017. A sentencing date has not yet been set for these defendants, but they have been detained since the jury returned guilty verdicts.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor is prosecuting the case.
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