Savannah Man Indicted on Child Sex Trafficking Charges

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Girls as young as 13 being used as prostitutes.

It seems unthinkable, but for one Savannah man the FBI says it was how he made money

Now Timothy Lewis is under federal indictment, in court today to face charges.

Timothy Lewis AKA “Maintain”  was in federal court today facing a 14 count indictment connected to sex trafficking of minors.

US Attorney prosecutors say lewis recruited, enticed, harbored, transported and advertised 6 girls. Selling them for sex in Savannah and other spots around the area.

The victims, each named as “Jane Doe” in the indictment, were all under 18. Some as young as 13.

Lewis may have been in federal court for the first time Tuesday, but he’s no stranger to the law.

News 3 investigated his background and found out he’s been arrested in Chatham County no less than 14 times for everything from battery to theft to cruelty to children.

In his 20’s, he spent almost three years in a Georgia State Prison after being convicted for robbery by force back in 2003.

Lewis’ arrest stems from an FBI investigation that showed Lewis used the phone and the internet to coerce the girls to be prostitutes.

The indictment shows Lewis “benefitted financially” from his arrangements with several of the girls, even though he knew they were under 18.

NEWS RELEASE FROM U.S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE:

Savannah, GA – Timothy Lewis, 26 of Savannah, was arraigned today in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith on 14 counts involving the sex trafficking of children.  The superseding indictment alleges that Lewis recruited, enticed, harbored, transported and advertised children to engage in prostitution in Savannah, Georgia and elsewhere for several years.  Lewis is being held in federal custody without bond.

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, “There is no higher priority in this U.S. Attorney’s Office than the protection of children.  Child sex traffickers brutally treat children like property, selling them for sex, over and over again.  We will relentlessly work with our law enforcement partners to put child sex traffickers behind bars and to rescue children from these nightmares.”

If convicted, Lewis faces life in prison.  Mr. Tarver emphasized that an indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The charges against Lewis arise out of ongoing investigations led by the FBI.  Anyone who suspects instances of child sexual exploitation is encouraged to call 1-800-843-5678, which is operated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in partnership with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

Assistant United States Attorney Tania D. Groover is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.  Any questions should be directed to First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

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