MADISON, Wisconsin (WKOW) – A man from Madison, Wisconsin has been convicted of ten sex trafficking cases relating to minors.
A jury returned the verdicts against 32-year-old James Coney after thinking for five hours on Monday.
The US District Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin announced the decision in a press release.
Coney was convicted of four cases of sex trafficking in minors, one case of sexual trafficking in minors by violence, one case of attempted sexual trafficking in minors, and four cases of transporting a minor from Wisconsin to Illinois for the purpose of prostitution to have.
The jury found that between May 2017 and March 2018, Coney trafficked five minors and attempted to circulate a sixth.
Prosecutors brought evidence in court that Coney used backpage ads to make “appointments” for the underage victims, collected the money and instructed the minors what to do.
All six minors testified at the trial, the press release said.
Authorities opened an investigation after a minor’s mother reported her missing to Fitchburg police. The girl was eventually found in Chicago, where prosecutors say she was with Coney.
Coney faces a mandatory minimum 15 year sentence and a maximum of life in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.