On October 2, 2105, a 19-year-old Newport News man was sentenced to 33 years for raping and robbing a woman who was being sexually trafficked.
Judge Timothy Fisher sentenced West to 50 years each on the robbery and rape charges. He suspended all but 33 years of West’s prison sentence and put West on supervision after his release from prison and for the rest of his life could face return to prison if he is convicted of any further crimes after his release.
West encountered the victim through an advertisement on a website offering sex in return for money on August 26, 2014. The victim, who had been trafficked since she was about 13 years old (including being traded from pimp to pimp), was meeting men a hotels through an advertisement set up by her current trafficker and under threats from that trafficker.
West pulled a gun on the victim, raped her at gunpoint, robbed her and left her naked and terrified in the hotel room. As a result of the attack and her prior mistreatment the young woman struggled with drug addiction, but through this prosecution she has begun to heal and to escape victimization.
This prosecution would not have been possible without the dedication and compassion of Newport News police detectives and the Victim/Witness Services unit of the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office.