Texas – The 40-year-old Galveston man who led a sex trafficking ring has been
ordered to federal prison, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. A jury
sitting in Galveston returned guilty verdicts against Charles Devan Fulton Sr.
on July 6, 2016, for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors and four
counts of sex trafficking of minors following a six-day trial and approximately
four hours of deliberation. Three others - Charmell Latonya Potts, Dominique
Warner, and Lawrence James Julian, had previously pleaded guilty for their
U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. ordered Fulton to serve life in prison.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Hanks called him a “very dangerous man” and
mentioned the defendant seemed willing to do anything or use anyone to get what
he wanted. The court further noted that while speaking on his own behalf today,
Fulton never showed any remorse nor any feeling for the harm that befell the
victims, only indicating how much this has hurt him and his family. At the
hearing today, the defense attempted to convince the court that Fulton deserved
leniency, mentioning that he was not really a violent criminal such as a bank
robber. The government, in opposition, told the court that what he did was
worse, as Fulton stole the victims’ innocence and dignity and that no amount of
money could ever make up for that. As he was imposing the sentence, Judge Hanks
commented that the court speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves – for
those that were victimized and terrorized by this defendant.
Warner and Potts are set for sentencing tomorrow.
the trial, the jury found Fulton engaged in a conspiracy with the others
between June 1, 2014, through April 1, 2015, in which they engaged in
conspiracy to recruit, entice and harbor minors to engage in sex trafficking.
Fulton aka “Black” or “Blacc,” was the leader of the group and ordered Potts to
post pictures of two of the identified minor victims in prostitution ads on
line. Warner aka “Meathead,” Julian aka “Wolf” and Potts also drove the minor
females to hotels where the minors would engage in commercial sex acts.
jury heard that the minors engaged in hundreds of commercial sex acts over the
course of the conspiracy. The victims testified at trial, as did Potts, that Fulton would
keep the money the children earned performing commercial sex acts. The jury
also heard that Fulton used force, threats of force, fraud or coercion against
two of the victims. In addition, testimony revealed Fulton had sex with the
victims knowing they were minors, that he provided them with drugs and he had
no legitimate source of income.
attempted to convey his innocence and that police were just out to get him. The
jury was not convinced and found him guilty on five counts.
have been and will remain in custody.
FBI and the Galveston Police Department conducted the investigation with the
assistance of the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office.
U.S. Attorneys Sherri Zack and Julie Searle prosecuted the case which was
brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in
May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child
sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the
Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe
Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and
prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue
victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information
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