TAMPA, Fla. – A 40-year-old Lake City man was sentenced to 16 years in prison for sex trafficking of a minor by force, fraud, or coercion.
Kavin Carter was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. Carter pleaded guilty on Nov. 24, 2014.
According to the plea agreement, in October 2012, law enforcement officers received information related to human trafficking activities in Lakeland and Lake City. They identified Michael Gallon as a "pimp" who was operating in Florida and the southeastern United States. Gallon recruited adult and minor females to join his "dance team." He then transported the girls to bachelor parties and house parties that he had arranged. The females danced and performed acts of prostitution at these parties.
Gallon partnered with Carter, who co-hosted parties at his home. Gallon transported the girls, almost every weekend, to Carter's residence in Lake City. Carter and Gallon set up "VIP" rooms at the parties, and they encouraged the females to engage in commercial sex acts. They charged the women to use these "VIP" rooms and kept most of the money the women had earned. Law enforcement has identified at least 12 minor-aged victims of Gallon's offenses, and most of these girls engaged in commercial sex acts at Carter's home.
Gallon, 50, previously pleaded guilty for his role in this case. On May 29, 2014, he was sentenced to 33 years and 9 months' imprisonment for sex trafficking of a minor by force, fraud, or coercion and a concurrent term of 20 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography.
"We cannot undo the horrific crimes against the young victims, but this sentence will ensure this criminal cannot cause additional harm," said Susan L. McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa. "The hard work of HSI special agents and the Lakeland Police Department have brought this predator to justice and made our local communities a safer place."
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Lakeland Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacie B. Harris.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov.