Federal prosecutors announced Monday that Galt resident Robert Pierre Duncan, 24, of Galt was arrested by FBI agents May 31. Agents also apprehended Eva Symone Christian, 22, of Sacramento, on June 14.
A federal grand jury in Sacramento returned the two-count indictment for Duncan and Christian on May 30. The indictment charges Duncan and Christian with conspiring to engage in sex trafficking, and sex trafficking of a child, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, between September and October 2018, Duncan and Christian recruited, transported, harbored and maintained a minor victim, knowing that the minor would be caused to engage in prostitution.
As of press time, both Duncan and Christian are being held at the Sacramento County Jail and are ineligible for bail.
According to a press release, the case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, California Department of Justice, Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, and the Oakland Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys André M. Espinosa and Brian A. Fogerty are prosecuting the case.
If convicted of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking, Duncan and Christian face a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
If convicted of sex trafficking of a child, Duncan and Christian face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000.
Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
Prosecutors wished to remind the public that the charges are only allegations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.