Press Release

Deon Daniels Indicted for Sex Trafficking

May 24, 2017

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) On May 24, 2017, 31 year old Deon Daniels was indicted for sex trafficking Alaskan women. Daniels was indicted for five counts of sex trafficking in the first degree and one count of sex trafficking in the third degree.

Daniels’ indictment comes as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Alaska State Troopers Special Crime Investigations Unit. Anyone with information about other women who have been forced or induced to engage in prostitution by Daniels are encouraged to contact Lead Investigator David DeCoeur at (907) 375-6412. Alaska law protects victims or witnesses of sex trafficking from prosecution for engaging in prostitution if they report the sex trafficking to law enforcement in good faith.

First degree sex trafficking includes inducing or causing a person to engage in prostitution through the use of force as well as inducing or causing a person under the age of 20 years old to engage in prostitution. More information about sex trafficking in Alaska and information about resources available to victims of sex trafficking is available at www.pricelessalaska.org.

If convicted, Daniels faces a sentence of up to 99 years in prison for sex trafficking in the first degree. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The charges in the indictment are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. Daniels is entitled to a fair trial where the State must prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury. Daniels is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court on Friday, May 26, 2017. Bail has not been set yet on this case.

CONTACT: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov. More information about the District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

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