A man was sentenced today to 281 years to life in state prison for trafficking girls as young as 13 years old for sex, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
In October, Raylonzo Roberts (dob 3/4/75) was found guilty of 11
felony counts, including human trafficking, lewd act on a child and
pandering by procuring a minor under the age of 16.
Deputy District Attorney Guillermo Santiso of the Human Sex Trafficking Section of the Sex Crimes Division prosecuted the case.
Roberts sexually assaulted or sexually trafficked eight girls at various times between August 2011 and July 2015.
According to evidence presented at the trial, he physically assaulted
two of the young victims, one because she failed to make sufficient
money and the other because she left him to work for another pimp.
Case BA439381 was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department’s
South Bureau Human Trafficking Unit and the Long Beach Police
Human Trafficking Arrests
On October 27, 2018, the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force conducted an undercover operation in the area of McFarland Blvd. During this operation three people were arrested.
Christopher Fitzgerald Fritz, age 52 of Tuscaloosa was arrested on charges of Human Trafficking Second Degree and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and held on a total bond of $35,000.
Vonell Michael Robertson, age 31 of Reserve, LA was arrested on a charge of Promoting Prostitution Third Degree and held on a $6,000 bond.
Stephanie Renee Williams (not featured), age 23 of Westwego, LA was arrested on charges of Soliciting Prostitution, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana Second Degree, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Endangering the Welfare of a Child and held on a total bond of $4,000. All three subjects were held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending bond.
BIRMINGHAM – A federal jury today convicted a Chilton County man on multiple counts of transporting two minor girls for illegal sexual activity and producing, transporting, and possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E, Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.
The jury returned a guilty verdict against BRUCE NICHOLSON, 56, after three days of testimony before U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Haikala. A sentencing date has not been set.
BRUCE NICHOLSON was convicted of multiple charges for production, transportation, and possession of child pornography and transporting two minors with the intent to engage in unlawful sexual activity with them. The evidence at trial demonstrated that, for years, NICHOLSON had sexually abused his minor daughter and minor stepdaughter. In mid-2012, after impregnating his stepdaughter with twins, NICHOLSON fled the state of Alabama with both girls. He was apprehended in another state more than a month later.
NICHOLSON was indicted in 2016 on Mann Act and child pornography charges. Forensic examination of NICHOLSON’s devices revealed images of child pornography, including one image he had directed his stepdaughter to produce and send him.
“This man stole the innocence of two girls and a large part of their childhoods, and he had every intention of stealing the rest,” Town said. “This guilty verdict cannot take away the pain those girls have experienced, but it sends a message loud and clear to this defendant and every other sexual abuser. It also is another example of the courage that survivors of this abuse continue to show so that not another second of their lives is taken by these disgusting criminals.”
“Taking away the innocence of a child is deplorable and inexcusable,” Sharp said. “I am proud of the work done by my agents and our partners to hold Nicholson accountable for these crimes.”
FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorneys J.B. Ward and Don Long are prosecuting.