Accused Galveston pimp found guilty on charges of sex trafficking minors
GALVESTON, Texas – Charles Devan Fulton Sr., 39, has been found guilty of one charge of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors and four counts of sex trafficking of minors, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
Fulton was convicted after a six-day trial and four hours of deliberation.
Codefendants Charmell Latonya Potts, 31, Dominique Warner, 23, and Lawrence James Julian, 22, all of Galveston, previously pleaded guilty to their charges.
The jury decided Fulton, along with others, engaged in conspiracy to recruit, entice and harbor minors to engage in sex trafficking between June 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015.
Fulton was the leader of the group and ordered Potts to post pictures of two of the identified minors in prostitution ads online. Warner and Potts also drove the minors to hotels, where they would engage in commercial sex acts, according to the report.
According to officials, the minors engaged in hundreds of commercial sex acts over the course of the conspiracy.
The minors and Potts all testified that Fulton would keep the money the children earned. Also disclosed during the trial, Fulton used force, threats of force, fraud or coercion against two of the victims. Testimony also revealed Fulton had sex with the victims, knowing they were minors, that he gave them drugs and had no legitimate source of income.
Fulton's defense was that police were just out to get him.
He faces up to life in prison and is set for sentencing in October. He will remain in custody until then.
The FBI and the Galveston Police Department investigated with the assistance of the Galveston County District Attorney's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sherri Zack and Julie Searle prosecuted the case.
The 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.