Dawson Sentenced To 10 Years For Sex Trafficking
A Colorado man who brought an underage girl to Casper last year for prostitution has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, according to federal court records.
Joseph Jovon Dawson also must serve five years supervised release, register as a sex offender, complete a sexual offender evaluation, not associate with children under 18 nor vulnerable adults, and participate in cognitive-behavior treatment, according to the sentence imposed Monday by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal.
The indictment also authorized the government to seize any of his property related to the crime.
Dawson of Aurora, Colo., pleaded guilty Oct. 20 to one count of sex trafficking of children by or force, fraud or coercion. A second count of transporting a minor for illegal sexual activity was dismissed at his sentencing.
Casper Police arrested him June 21 after they contacted a female who was advertising escort services.
An undercover officer agreed to meet her at a hotel parking lot and arrested her.
Police learned she was under 18 and was listed as a missing or endangered person in the National Crime Information Center database.
Meanwhile, another vehicle had entered the parking lot.
Officers approached and asked the lone male occupant, Dawson, to identify himself.
After being read his Miranda rights, Dawson said he was involved in a prostitution operation.
He also admitted to bringing two other girls of unknown ages to Casper from Colorado for the sole purpose of prostitution.