The following press release was issued on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of Indiana.
INDIANAPOLIS- Damion Alexander, 28, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to sex trafficking of a minor.
According to court documents, Damion Alexander met a 17-year-old girl online sometime in 2021. After meeting the minor and her adult friend in person, Alexander convinced them both to travel with him and caused them to engage in commercial sex acts that financially benefited him. From at least May 15, 2021, to June 2, 2021, Alexander transported the minor victim back and forth from Fort Wayne to engage in commercial sex in Indianapolis-area hotels on multiple occasions.
Alexander took sexually explicit photos and videos of the minor victim and the adult and used them for online commercial sex advertisements. Cell phone videos obtained during the investigation showed Alexander berating and abusing the minor victim while she was severely impaired.
Alexander corresponded with the commercial sex buyers, set prices, and directed the minor victim as to how long to spend with them and what acts to perform. Commercial sex buyers used CashApp to make payments that were transferred to Alexander’s account. Alexander received and kept thousands of dollars obtained by trafficking the minor victim in commercial sex, assuring her that he was “holding” the money and would give it back to her if she ever needed it.
On June 2, 2021, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers recovered the minor victim at the Sheraton Hotel located at Keystone Crossing in Indianapolis. Alexander was found loitering outside of the victim’s hotel room, and he fled the scene when approached by officers.
“Trafficking vulnerable minors’ bodies for financial gain is a despicable crime that merits significant punishment,” said Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “Pimps like this defendant inflict lasting trauma with utter disregard for the safety or dignity of those they exploit. Our office and our law enforcement partners, including the FBI and IMPD, are fully committed to rescuing survivors from sex trafficking and putting pimps in prison. The sentence imposed today should serve as a warning to would-be traffickers: if you sell minors for sex you will spend many years in federal prison.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and IMPD investigated this case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. Judge Stinson also ordered that Alexander be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 15 years following his release from federal prison and pay $13,000 in restitution to the victims. Alexander must also register as a sex offender where he lives, works, and goes to school, as required by law.
U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Kristina M. Korobov and Lawrence D. Hilton, who prosecuted this case.
This case 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc