DALLAS — Marquist Fulcher, aka
“Keezie,” 28, of Fort Worth, Texas, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S.
Magistrate Judge Renee Harris Toliver, to one count of conspiracy to commit
child sex trafficking, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern
District of Texas.
Fulcher faces a maximum penalty of up to life
in prison and a $250,000 fine. Fulcher will remain in custody pending
sentencing which is set for January 31, 2018.
In May 2017 a federal grand jury in Dallas
returned an indictment charging Fulcher along with Chapoleon Fischer, aka
“Kidd,” 28, Shatara Armstrong, 31, Marcus Speed, 26, and Tiffany Gideon, 22
with conspiracy to engage in child sex trafficking.
According to plea documents filed in Fulcher’s case, in early 2015, Fulcher
began acting as a pimp over Gideon, and eventually several other young girls
and women. Specifically, between 2015 and October l, 2016, he facilitated
the commercial sex acts of thirteen-year-old Jane Doe 1, seventeen-year-old
Jane Doe 2 and seventeen-year-old Jane Doe 4, among others. In late 2015, Armstrong began
assisting Fulcher in his prostitution enterprise. Fulcher and Armstrong
rented rooms at various hotels for Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2 and Jane Doe 4, and
others, to use to engage in commercial sex acts. Both Fulcher and Armstrong knew these girls were underage
because they told them. Fulcher and
Armstrong also created and posted advertisements on the commercial sex website
Backpage.com for the girls and women, who in turn gave the proceeds from their
commercial sex acts to Fulcher.
Fulcher also worked with other pimps, including Speed and Fischer,
as part of a sex trafficking enterprise. The organization recruited
victims in various ways, including
finding them on the internet. Members of the group
would trade girls amongst
themselves as well. The
pimps in this organization, including Fulcher, used violence and threats of
violence as a means to control the victims.
The Fort Worth Police Department and U.S.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations
(HSI), both members of the North Texas Trafficking Taskforce, investigated the
case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cara Foos Pierce, Myria Boehm and P.J.
Meitl are prosecuting.