Toledo man sentenced for juvenile sex trafficking

TOLEDO, OH (Press Release) - Mark A. Fetter, 29, was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, after Fetter's conviction for juvenile sex trafficking, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

"This sentence should send a clear message to those who would seek to organize and profit from these horrific crimes," Dettelbach said. "The Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children task force and our office are working together to combat human trafficking."

U.S. District Judge David A. Katz sentenced Fetter to 125 months.

Judge Katz also sentenced Kamell Fetter, 27 and the brother of Mark A. Fetter, to two years in federal prison.

He sentenced Blanche V. Triplett, 47 and mother of Mark and Kamell, to three years probation with four months in a halfway house, following their convictions in the same case for witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

All three Fetter family members reside in Toledo, according to court records.

Mark A. Fetter was also ordered to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender  Registration and Notification Act (the Adam Walsh Act).

In pleading guilty on October 17, 2011, Mark A. Fetter admitted that in August 2010, he had engaged in the sex trafficking of a 17-year-old victim, "T.H.," from a motel in the Toledo area.

After Fetter's arrest, he was prohibited from contacting or communicating with the victim: his brother and mother were later charged, and convicted, for facilitating and arranging contacts between Mark A. Fetter and T.H., in which T.H. was encouraged and directed not to cooperate with law enforcement.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James V. Moroney following an investigation by the Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children (NWOVCAC) Task Force.

The Task Force, coordinated by the Toledo Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, brings together federal, state, and local resources to attack the sexual exploitation of children.

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