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Crime Franklin County man sentenced to 10 years in prison for forcing girls into prostitution

22:47  27 february  2020
22:47  27 february  2020 Source:   publicopiniononline.com

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A Chambersburg man will serve 10 years in federal prison for his role in a sex- and drug-trafficking ring that spanned six states and Washington D.C., according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Anthony "Tony" D'Ambrosio, 37, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. Judge Christopher C. Conner of the Middle District of Pennsylvania. After his prison term, he is to serve five years of supervised release.

Following a two-week jury trial, D'Ambrosio was convicted in December 2017 of transportation of an individual to engage in prostitution, distribution and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy counts of the same charges, according to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed. Ten years' imprisonment is the mandatory minimum sentence on the sex-trafficking charges.

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D’Ambrosio and his co-conspirators recruited and transported girls and young women between the ages of 17 and 21 to engage in commercial sex acts in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia, often in exchange for drugs including oxycodone, cocaine and marijuana.

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The conspiracy took place between about July 2012 and January 2015. The defendants rented motel rooms and posted "escort" advertisements and photographs on backpage.com, a classified advertising website that became known for its adult-services section and was shut down after federal authorities seized it in 2018. D'Ambrosio and the others took most of the money made by the victims.

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D’Ambrosio’s co-defendants received the following sentences:

  • Albert E. “Pipo” Martinez, 180 months’ imprisonment;
  • Keanu Martinez, 120 months’ imprisonment;
  • Brandon Hill, 37 months’ imprisonment;
  • and Armando Delgado, credited for 52 months already served.

A news release did not say why it took more than two years for D'Ambrosio to be sentenced after his conviction.

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Amber South can be reached at asouth@publicopinionnews.com.

This article originally appeared on Chambersburg Public Opinion: Franklin County man sentenced to 10 years in prison for forcing girls into prostitution

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