Media Advisory In-Person and Remote Press Conference | USAO-EDNC

WHEN:       Tuesday, August 18, 2020 approximately 4:30 PM (following sentencing hearing)

WHERE:     Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are giving the press two options to participate.  The United States Attorney will host an in-person press conference in the media room of the United States Attorney’s Office following the sentencing hearing.  There will also be an opportunity to participate via Webex if you prefer.  The address for the in-person event is:

                        150 Fayetteville Street

                        Suite 2100

                        Raleigh, NC 27601

                        The link to join by Webex is:

https://usao.webex.com/usao/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb0d0e1cadc31d867d6d677fcb682633f                       

Re:                  Raleigh Man Sentenced for Human Trafficking

The United States Attorney’s Office announces a press conference and online availability to discuss the sentencing of Brandon Jennings for offenses related to human trafficking.  Participants will also discuss ongoing efforts to investigate and prosecute these types of crimes.  The sentencing hearing for Jennings is Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 3:45 pm before United States District Judge Louise W. Flannigan. 

Jennings was convicted in June 2019 of thirteen counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion; sex trafficking of a minor; and production of child pornography; following a four-day trial in New Bern.  More here.  Evidence presented during the trial demonstrated that Jennings operated a prostitution ring involving numerous women and children.  He typically enticed his victims to work for him with promises of love and money.  After they joined him, Jennings ruthlessly manipulated, threatened, and violently assaulted his victims to ensure they would continue prostituting for him.  Then he took all of their money.  Some victims were minors, and he enticed one of those victims to send an image of child pornography to him.

Credentialed members of the media are invited to participate.  Please RSVP by emailing Don Connelly at usance.PublicInfoOfficer@usdoj.gov.  Let him know your preferred method of participating in this press conference with your RSVP.

 

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