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Chicago cop charged with sex trafficking and prostituting minors

This news story was published on November 7, 2016.
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human-traffickingCHICAGO — A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court today charges a Chicago man and 26-year police officer with sex trafficking for allegedly engaging in paid sexual acts with an underage girl.

William Whitely, who reportedly worked as a Chicago police officer for 26 years, paid the minor to engage in sex acts with him on multiple occasions last year, according to the complaint. Whitley paid the girl between $60 and $150 for each of the sexual encounters, the complaint states. Whitley also took nude photographs of the girl and sent the pictures to her via text message, the complaint states.

Whitley, 60, was arrested Tuesday afternoon. He made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez, who ordered him to remain in federal custody. Judge Valdez scheduled a detention hearing for Nov. 7, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.

The two-count complaint charges Whitley with sex trafficking and production of child pornography.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

Officer William Whitley took graphic photos of many of the girls on top of his leopard-print bedspread and had their numbers stored in his phone under names such as “Bunny” and “Mocha” and “Jasmine.”

One girl, who was just 14 and wore braces, told authorities Whitley had sex with her while his Chicago police uniform hung on his bedroom door and his handgun was under the pillow, according to prosecutors.

A 21-page criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday alleged Whitley had attended parties as part of a sex ring arranged by an acquaintance where numerous older men would pay teen runaways for sex.

The complaint was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Carol Stream Police Department assisted in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Streicker, Elizabeth Pozolo and Michelle Petersen.

According to the charges, a woman identified in the complaint as “Individual A” introduced the girl to Whitley. The victim was 14 years old when Whitley paid her to engage in sex acts with him, according to the complaint.

The complaint also describes how Individual A introduced another female victim to Whitley. This other victim was 16 years old when she encountered Whitley at a party hosted by Individual A, according to the complaint. Individual A’s party was attended by older men and young runaway girls, the complaint states. Whitley paid the 16-year-old girl to engage in sex acts, the complaint states.

The sex trafficking count is punishable by a statutory minimum sentence of ten years in prison, and a maximum of life. Production of child pornography carries a minimum sentence of 15 years, and a maximum of 30 years. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

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    November 7, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Wait till the NYPD files these same charges + satanic perversion against Anthony Weiner -Hillary and Billy/bob CLINTON and her campaign manager Podestra -along with Eipstein. Its coming – facebook/alex jones/google. Sadastic bunch of demorats you have there – TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP !