Oklahoma Man Sentenced for Transporting a Minor Across State Lines for Prostitution

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PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Fort Worth, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been sentenced in federal court to 78 months’ incarceration and 15 years of supervised release on his conviction of violating the Mann Act by transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose having the minor engage in prostitution and conspiracy, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence yesterday on Oscar Carter, 38, formerly of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

On July 11, 2022, Carter pleaded guilty and admitted that he agreed and conspired with another individual, Shelby Summer Brown, to commit an offense against the United States, that is, to knowingly persuade, induce, entice, and coerce an individual, Minor A (an individual who had not yet attained the age of 18 years) to travel in interstate commerce, from Ohio to Pennsylvania, to engage in prostitution and any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, and did so, from March 6, 2018 through March 14, 2018.

Assistant United States Attorney Heidi M. Grogan prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Pittsburgh Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, which includes members of the Cranberry Township Police Department and the City of Pittsburgh Bueau of Police, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Carter.

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 the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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/psc.