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Sex trafficking gets guilty plea

Woman faces 25 years in prison

September 14, 2019 News Extra

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Shelby Brown

A Tulsa, Okla., woman pleaded guilty to federal charges in a Cranberry Township sex trafficking case.

Shelby S. Brown, 28, waived prosecution by indictment and pleaded guilty to a bill of information to violations of coercion and enticement of an individual to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity and conspiracy to commit that offense before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon in Pittsburgh.

Brown and Oscar Carter III were arrested in March 2018 by Cranberry Township police, accused of running a prostitution ring out of a township hotel.

According to U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady, Brown admitted that in March 2018 she conspired with Carter to coerce the minor to travel from Ohio to Pennsylvania to engage in prostitution.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2020, with Brown facing up to 25 years and a $50,000 fine.

Read the full story in Sunday's Butler Eagle.

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J.W.  Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr. is the bureau chief of the Cranberry Eagle. Johnson is a native of Bellaire, Ohio, and graduated from Bellaire High School in 2004. He is a 2009 graduate of Ohio University in Athens with a bachelor of specialized studies degree in English and journalism. While there, he served as a reporter and editor at The Post, the university’s student-run, independent newspaper. In 2009, he was hired as a reporter for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in Wheeling, W.Va. Over the course of eight years, he also served as Marshall County bureau chief, city editor and news editor. He also won two first place West Virginia Press Association Awards for his reporting and design work. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Carnegie.