Toledo Man Charged with Intercourse Trafficking and Transportation of a Minor | USAO-NDOH

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Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that a federal grand jury has filed a two-count indictment of Derrick Murphy, 38, of Toledo, Ohio, charged with sex trafficking and the transportation of a minor.

In April 2021, police officers received information about the sexual exploitation of a child victim in the Toledo and Detroit areas by a person later identified as a defendant. After examining the information, investigators were able to identify and rescue the minor victim.

The defendant was arrested on April 27, 2021.

An indictment is just an indictment and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial, in which it is the government’s responsibility to establish beyond any doubt the guilty party.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after considering factors unique to the case, including the defendant’s previous convictions, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the offense.

In all cases the penalty will not exceed the legal maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The preliminary investigation into the indictment was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Toledo Resident Agency. This case is being prosecuted by US Assistant Attorney Tracey Ballard Tangeman.