OKLAHOMA CITY – Earlier this week, GERMAINE COULTER, SR., 48, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to serve 30 years in federal prison for child sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit child sex trafficking, announced Robert J. Troester, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Elizabeth Andrade, 39, of Edmond, was previously sentenced to serve 78 months in federal prison for her role in the sex trafficking conspiracy.
"In addition to recruiting young girls to exploit them to engage in commercial sex work, the defendants coached the girls on how to perform sex acts and made threats of violence to control them," said Acting U.S. Attorney Troester. "It is impossible to restore the innocence that was so callously stolen away from these young and vulnerable victims. Our hope is that this 30-year prison sentence will ensure that Mr. Coulter will never be able to exploit another child and will bring some solace to the victims in their recovery. I commend the FBI and Oklahoma City Police Department who diligently investigated this case, the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office who provided valuable assistance, and the prosecutors who held these defendants accountable."
"Crimes against children are some of the most reprehensible acts that law enforcement is determined to prevent and punish once they occur. The FBI and our law enforcement partners work together to identify and rescue victims as well as bring their exploiters to justice," said Melissa Godbold, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City Field Office. "It is because of this partnership that Mr. Coulter is now facing a lengthy sentence for his crimes. Today’s sentence takes a dangerous man off the street, and will hopefully bring a measure of closure and comfort to those he victimized."
On November 13, 2018, a grand jury returned a three-count superseding indictment against Coulter, a/k/a "Slim." Count One charged him with a child-sex-trafficking conspiracy in which he recruited and attempted to recruit three girls—aged 15 and 17—to provide them to men for commercial sex. Counts Two and Three charged him with substantive offenses of trafficking girls identified as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 3.
At a jury trial in July 2019, a federal jury heard testimony that in January and February 2018, Coulter recruited three girls under 18 to perform commercial sex work. Coulter told one girl she needed to make $1,000 per day, all of which would go to him, and, if she was successful, he would buy her a car, get her an apartment, and get her business cards after she turned 18. He directed his victims to call him “Daddy.” The jury also heard evidence that Coulter used violence and direct and indirect threats of violence to control the girls. Working with co-conspirator Elizabeth Andrade, he sent photos of one underage girl to prospective customers. The jury heard that Andrade began taking one of the girls with her on commercial sex appointments, where the girl performed sex acts for money. Between January 27, 2018, and February 19, 2018, Coulter and Andrade trained and directed the girl how to interact and perform sex acts with customers and how to convince her mother to let her stay with them. The jury convicted Coulter on Counts One and Two. It was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on Count Three.
In July 2018, Andrade, a/k/a "Beth," "Bobbi Monroe," "Tiffany," and "Porsche," pleaded guilty to a one-count superseding information that charged conspiracy to commit child sex trafficking. In December 2019, Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti sentenced Andrade to serve 78 months in federal prison for her role in the conspiracy.
On September 28, 2021, Judge DeGiusti sentenced Coulter to serve 30 years in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release on each count of conviction. The sentence consists of 360 months as to Count 1 and 360 months as to Count 2, to be served concurrently. In imposing the sentence, Judge DeGiusti noted that nature and circumstances of the sex trafficking conspiracy, the need to adequately deter related conduct, and the need to protect the public from further crimes of Coulter. Coulter has been in custody since March 8, 2018.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Oklahoma City Field Office and the Oklahoma City Police Department, with assistance from the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys K. McKenzie Anderson and Jessica Perry are prosecuting the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
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