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United States v. Maynes

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

January 18, 2018

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
MICHAEL LAWRENCE MAYNES, JR., a/k/a Kamile Jones, a/k/a Mac Mill, a/k/a Horseblock, Jr., Defendant-Appellant.

          Argued: December 7, 2017

         Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Alexandria. Liam O'Grady, District Judge. (1:15-cr-00336-LO-1)

         ARGUED:

          Mark Bodner, Fairfax, Virginia, for Appellant.

          Michael John Frank, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Alexandria, Virginia, for Appellee.

         ON BRIEF:

          Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney, Patricia T. Giles, Assistant United States Attorney, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Alexandria, Virginia, for Appellee.

          Before WILKINSON, SHEDD, and DIAZ, Circuit Judges.

          WILKINSON, CIRCUIT JUDGE.

         Michael Maynes raises various assignments of error arising from his trial and convictions for four counts of sex trafficking by use of force, fraud, or coercion in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a) and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a) and 1594(c). For the reasons that follow, we affirm the convictions.

         I.

         Michael Maynes was a pimp. He worked with several others in running his prostitution business, including his girlfriend and two male relatives. His sex trafficking convictions relate to four women whom he prostituted.

         The first woman gave her child to Maynes's girlfriend to care for while she engaged in commercial sex work, and has not seen her child since. When she asked to see her son, she was told that Maynes would decide when she could take time off from prostitution to see her child. She later received a text threatening that her son would be taken to Child Protective Services if she did not send more money to Maynes's girlfriend.

         The second woman initially met Maynes in Houston, where he told her that he worked in construction and expressed romantic interest in her. Maynes suggested moving together to Virginia to be closer to his family, and she agreed. Once there, she was surprised to learn that Maynes wanted to prostitute her. He then refused to let her return home from the motel where she worked, and thus refused to allow her to see her infant daughter, unless she met her $1, 500 daily earnings quota. While she opened a ...


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