The state of Rhode Island takes sex crimes very seriously. Sex trafficking is taken even more seriously and in a recent report an East Providence man has been arrested for bringing two minor across state lines from Rhode Island to Massachusetts to a motel for prostitution. The subject in question is Reginald Chaney (22) who plead guilty on Tuesday at the Providence Federal Court for charges of Sex Trafficking.
The two victims, in this case, were minors, young girls aged 15 and 16 who reported having been held against their will as they were moved all over Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Chaney is said to have forced them to have sex with people, keep them against their will and use a taser on them. After Chaney was arrested a taser was found after a search of Chaney’s hotel room. The advertisements for the services Chaney offered were listed on popular website Backpage (think dark dark craigslist.org) the same site has been linked to issues with sex trafficking events in the past.
Chaney will serve the mandatory minimum sentence of ten years for sex trafficking and will be required to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.
At the Law Office of Joshua Macktaz, we understand the stigma behind these types of crimes. In this particular case, the man involved admitted his guilt and was charges but in many cases allegations of sex trafficking are false. Imagine how much your life would change if someone accused you of sex trafficking? You could be punished with up to 20 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines. Not to mention that you will likely have to register as a sexual offender which could potentially ruin your career and your life.
If you or a loved one has been accused of or arrested for sex trafficking contact the Law Office of S. Joshua Macktaz today. Our talented staff of attorneys has the knowledge and tenacity to dissect your case and give you the best options for your defense. Our team has been working with clients who have been accused of crimes all over Rhode Island for decades. If you would like to contact a Rhode Island Sex Crimes Attorney we are available at any time at 401-861-1155.