BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE. K1LLER, Inc.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - Steven Snipe, 27, of West Palm Beach, Florida, was sentenced on May 2, 2019 in federal court to 15 years in prison after formerly pleading guilty to one count of sex trafficking a minor and one count of producing child pornography. Between late May 2017 and June 29, 2017, Snipe started a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, and influenced her to create an account on Backpage.com. Snipe persuaded the victim to engage in commercial sex for his profit at multiple hotels until June 29, 2017, when the victim reported to authorities that she was being forced to prostitute. Law enforcement officials obtained lawful authorization to search Snipe's cellphone, uncovering sexually explicit videos and multiple photographs of the victim.
“Yesterday’s sentencing demonstrates the Department of Justice’s unwavering commitment to combatting the heinous crime of sex trafficking,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband. “The defendant’s depraved actions will not be tolerated and the Civil Rights Division’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit will continue to fight to eradicate this criminal exploitation.”
“Those who sexually exploit our youth turn children into victims of deplorable acts,” stated U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan. “Our law enforcement partners in the Southern District of Florida and throughout the Department commend the strength of those who have raised their voices against an abuser. We hear your calls for help and will continue to seek justice for all, through the united force of our federal human trafficking prosecutions.”
“While the harm caused to this minor cannot be undone, our HSI special agents hope yesterday’s sentencing is another step in the recovery process for the young victim,” said HSI Miami Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury."
“The Boynton Beach Police Department remains committed to vigorously investigating those who prey on youth in our community,” Chief Gregory of the Boynton Beach Police Department said. “We thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division for partnering with us in our ongoing efforts to fight sex trafficking.”
Shawn W. Anderson
Jessica K. Mattingly
Roy Albert Andrade