Dalton man pleads guilty to sex trafficking
Georgia’s Department of Justice confirms Brian Hernandez Acosta, pled guilty to charges of conducting a child exploitation enterprise, conspiring to engage, and engaging, in sex trafficking minors by force, fraud, or coercion, sex trafficking of children under 18 years old, interstate transport of a minor for prostitution, producing child pornography, and distributing cocaine to a person under 21 years old.
“The defendant produced child pornography and pursued a full range of child exploitation methods,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak.
According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges and other information presented in court: Hernandez Acosta conspired to traffic minor girls for commercial sex throughout North Georgia. Beginning in November 2015, and continuing until December 2016, the defendants allegedly caused at least six girls between 16 and 17 years old to engage in prostitution, through the use force, fraud, and coercion.
Acosta’s guilty plea follows the previous guilty pleas of co-defendants Nilageo Alvarez Acosta and Jaime Adam Riano. The trial of co-defendants Anthony Joseph Lawhon and Brandi Rice Stumpe is currently scheduled for September 16, 2019.