A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Lodi man on sex trafficking charges involving two girls and two women.
Maurice Withers, 26, who was already facing drug and eluding police charges in Dane County and a charge that he failed to report to the Columbia County Jail for a sentence there, is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Friday.
The six-count indictment charged Withers with two counts of sex trafficking, two counts of sex trafficking a minor, one count of transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution and one count of attempted sex trafficking.
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Details about the alleged acts were not available Wednesday. The indictment states that Withers took one of the girls from Wisconsin to Nevada for prostitution between April 22 and April 24. Other acts occurred between February and August, according to the indictment.
If convicted, Withers faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years up to life imprisonment on the sex trafficking charges. He also faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life imprisonment for sex trafficking of a minor charges and the transporting a minor for prostitution charges.
The Madison and Wisconsin Dells police departments, along with the FBI, the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office and the state Division of Criminal Investigation, took part in the investigation.