Toledo man sentenced to 35 years for sex trafficking of a minor

 Source: Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio
Source: Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio (WTVG)
Published: Aug. 30, 2019 at 11:22 AM EDT
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A Toledo man will spend the next 35 years behind bars after he was sentenced for sex trafficking involving a minor.

Lawrence Jones, 32, previously pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to court documents, Jones met a minor via social media who had run away from home and transported the girl to a home on Coventry Avenue in Toledo, where he took nude photographs of her and posted them online, offering commercial sex acts in the Toledo area in January. The minor performed approximately 25 commercial sex acts, with all the money going to Jones. The minor told Jones several times that she was not yet 18 years old, according to court documents.

“This defendant preyed on a vulnerable child for his own financial gain,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “We will continue to work to prosecute people who treat children like property.”

"This child predator is deserving of this lengthy prison sentence, 35 years behind bars where he will not have access to children,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith said. “The FBI will continue working this repulsive violation to ensure individuals sexually violating children are held accountable to fullest extent of the law."

In addition to his sentence, Jones was also ordered to pay $17,656 in restitution and other assessments.