Centreville man indicted on federal charge of sex trafficking a minor

A federal grand jury has handed down a two-count indictment against a 24-year-old Centreville man for commercial sex trafficking of a minor, and he has been ordered held without bond.

Demerous E. Foxworth is charged with Commercial Sex Trafficking of a Minor and Use of a Facility of Interstate Commerce to

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Promote an Unlawful Activity, Acting United States Attorney James L. Porter announced Wednesday.

The offenses charged in the indictment allege that, from on or about June 1, 2014, to February 28, 2015, Foxworth recruited, enticed, provided and maintained a person knowing that person was a minor and knowing that the person would be caused to be engaged in a commercial sex act.

The indictment further alleges that from on or about October 1, 2012 to October 10, 2015, Foxworth used a facility of interstate commerce, being the Internet, with the intent to promote, manage, establish, carry on and facilitate an unlawful activity, being illegal prostitution under Illinois law.

A trial date is set for April 4, 2016. If convicted of Commercial Sex Trafficking of a Minor, Foxworth faces between 10 years and life in prison.

If convicted of Use of a Facility of Interstate Commerce to Promote an Unlawful Activity, Foxworth faces up to five years in prison.