Sacramento, California - On July 25, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Stockton residents Lucious James Roy, 33, and Dawniel Santangelo, 41, with sex trafficking of a child, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. The indictment was unsealed Thursday.
According to court documents, between September and November 2018, Roy recruited, enticed, transported, harbored, and maintained a minor victim, knowing that the minor would be caused to engage in prostitution. During that same time period, Roy and Santangelo also recruited, enticed, transported, harbored, and maintained a second minor victim, knowing that the second minor victim would also engage in prostitution.
Roy and Santangelo are currently in state custody in Oregon.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Stockton Police Department, San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office, Medford (Oregon) Police Department, and Jackson County Oregon District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cameron L. Desmond and Brian A. Fogerty are prosecuting the case.
If convicted of sex trafficking of a child, Roy and Santangelo face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.