BOWLING GREEN — An illegal alien living in Taylor County was sentenced to serve 84 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release in U.S. District Court this week for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of two minors in Taylor, Green, Adair and Barren counties, announced David J. Hale, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
According to a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office, Adulfo De Aquino-Cancino, 28, pleaded guilty on Dec. 18, 2012, to conspiracy to benefit financially from a prostitution venture that recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, and obtained by any means two minors who had not attained the age of 18 years. Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. on Thursday set the seven-year prison sentence with the subsequent supervised release that was part of a plea agreement in which United States agreed to dismiss three other counts of the grand jury indictment, according to the press release. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua D. Judd.
Between August 2011 to January 2012, De Aquino-Cancino engaged in the conspiracy where the he knowingly benefitted from participating in the venture and that the defendant knew, or recklessly disregarded the fact, that the person had not attained the age of 18 years and would be caused to engage in a commercial sex act. The conduct of the venture was in or affecting interstate commerce because De Aquino-Cancino communicated with the minors via cellular telephone and text messages that traveled in interstate commerce. De Aquino-Cancino was indicted by a grand jury meeting in Bowling Green on May 16, all according to the press release, which refers partially to the plea agreement.
According to an affidavit filed by a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations, in support of a criminal complaint, between August 2011 and January 2012, De Aquino-Cancino recruited females, arranged for commercial sexual encounters, transported, and benefited financially from commercial sex transactions involving two minor females, neither having reached the age of 18, and several adult females in Green, Taylor, Adair, and Barren counties, the press release states.
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