5 Spartanburg men sentenced in sex trafficking case

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Dylan L. Patterson, age 19, of Spartanburg, pled guilty today in federal court in Greenville, to a conspiracy to traffic in children by force f_118810

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) Five men from Spartanburg have been sentenced after they pled guilty to trafficking children by force for the purposes of prostitution, according to a release from the SC US Attorney, Bill Nettles.

The following pled guilty to the conspiracy on December 17, 2015:

Brandon L. Littlejohn, age 27

D’Shawn C. Pitts, age 20

Michael G. Riddle, age 20

John A. Gossett, III, age 23

Dylan L. Patterson, age 20

The men were sentenced Monday in federal court in Greenville.

Littlejohn was sentenced to 121 months, Gossett got 87 months, Patterson got 77 months, Pitts and Riddle got 60 months.

According to Beth Drake, Acting United States Attorney, evidence was presented at the plea hearing that established that the men recruited minor victims (ages 16-17) to work for them.

They instruct and supervised the minor victims on how to solicit and charge for commercial sex acts, reports say.

The conspiracy was operated in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, Virginia, and other cities in the Southeastern states.

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