Posted on February 28, 2021 at 7:24 pm
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that East Stroudsburg, 29-year-old William Battle was sentenced today to 210 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E.
Mannion, for participating in a conspiracy that forced or compelled women into prostitution in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Battle, who used the street name “Buck,” previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to sex trafficking through violence, fraud and coercion between 2011 and 2015, according to acting United States attorney Bruce D. Brandler.
The conviction and conviction of Battle resulted from an investigation into the activities of a street gang known as the “Black P-Stones”. The fourth substitute charge related to the fact that women were “sexually involved” in the gang by forcing them to have sex with male gang members. recruited and forced to engage in prostitution; advertised as an adult escort on a website; provided with heroin and other drugs; and housed in various hotels / motels to work as prostitutes. Gang members, including Battle, used threats, violence, drugs and intimidation to force women into prostitution.
Judge Mannion also ordered the defendant to serve five years on probation after serving in prison. The struggle must also meet sex offender registration and notification requirements.
The leader of the Black P-Stones, Sirvonn Taylor, had previously been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Other senior gang members convicted in the case include: Jose Velasquez-17½ years in prison; Jamiell Sims-12 ½ year imprisonment; Arthur Taylor – 7 years in prison; and Jordan Capone-7 years imprisonment.
The case has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Maine State Police, the Monroe County District Attorney, and the Monroe County Local Police Department. US Assistant Attorney Francis P. Sempa is pursuing the case.
This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Drugs Enforcement Task Force in Organized Crime. The task force is a joint, cooperative approach by federal, state and local governments to combating drug trafficking and the country’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling large drug trafficking organizations, targeting drug trafficking organizations at the national and regional levels, and providing the necessary law enforcement agencies and resources coordinate the targeted criminal organization to disrupt or dismantle and seize its assets.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for all. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on combating violent criminals, instructing all U.S. law firms to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies and the local community to deliver effective local action develop. Strategies to Reduce Violent Crime.
This case was brought as part of a district initiative to tackle the nationwide epidemic of heroin use and distribution. The heroin initiative is led by the US Attorney’s Office and is aimed at heroin traffickers in the Central District of Pennsylvania. It is part of a coordinated effort by law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels to locate, arrest and prosecute those who commit heroin-related crimes.