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Robert Lee “Stone” Johnson, 54, of York was sentenced on April 8 to 33 years in prison on sex trafficking charges, according to a release from the Department of Justice.
According to Acting U.S. Attorney, Bruce D. Brandler, Johnson recruited and enticed multiple victims to engage in commercial sex acts at York County hotels between November 2015 and August 2016. Most of the victims would give the money they earned to Johnson in exchange for having basic living expenses supplied. They relied on Johnson for food and clothing, as well as drugs to support their addictions.
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According to Brandler, Johnson used violence and threats to keep his “workers” in line, Brandler said. Johnson was often violent and physically assaulted the victims if they tried to keep any money, or if they were “disrespectful.” Johnson would force them to watch him beat someone to serve as a warning. He also would withhold heroin from his victims until they reached a “quota of tricks,” Brandler said.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Ford and retired Assistant U.S. Attorney James Clancy prosecuted. It is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together law enforcement of all levels and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer.
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