A 34-year-old Zachary man who led a Baton Rouge-based sex-trafficking ring involving multiple prostitutes, including a 16-year-old girl, was sentenced Monday to more than 91/2 years in federal prison.
Jeremie Jamocus Tate pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to unlawfully use interstate facilities in aid of racketeering, two counts of use of interstate facilities in aid of racketeering and enticing another to travel interstate for prostitution.
U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick sentenced Tate to 115 months in prison, federal authorities said.
Tate admitted in April that he operated a prostitution business from November 2012 through November 2013, and that he personally recruited prostitutes and advertised for and scheduled prostitution sessions. Tate acknowledged using the proceeds to buy drugs, which he gave to the prostitutes and others to manipulate and intimidate them.
Three others, including Roxanne R. Merritt, 22, of Greenwell Springs, have pleaded guilty and been sentenced for their roles in the sex-trafficking operation. Merritt was sentenced to one year in prison, but that term will run consecutively to any she receives in Zachary City Court for a drug offense and in Baton Rouge state court for prostitution.