A Gwinnett County man who pleaded guilty to two counts of human trafficking has been sentenced.
A Gwinnett County Superior Court judge accepted Devonta Alexander Williams’s plea on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, and sentenced the defendant to 25 years, including 15 years to be served in prison. Williams will be listed on the sex offender registry.
“Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and the GBI, another trafficker is off the streets and will spend years behind bars for selling a 14-year-old for sex,” state Attorney General Chris Carr said. “This conviction and prison sentence is just the latest in our fight to end human trafficking in Georgia and protect our most vulnerable, and our work continues each day.”
This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Whitney Reeves of the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and investigated by Special Agent Haylee Peacock of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
According to the state Office of the Attorney General, in May 2018, Williams sold a 14-year-old girl for sex out of the Guest Inn in Norcross. A GBI investigation revealed Williams advertised the underage victim for sex on escort websites and kept the monetary proceeds from the sexual transactions. Electronic evidence was collected and, according to officials, the evidence corroborated the victim’s statements. Williams was indicted in February 2020, and pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking of persons for sexual servitude.
“Child sex trafficking is one of the lowest forms of exploitation,” GBI Assistant Director John Melvin said. “This guilty plea represents the diligent work of the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, along with the strong prosecutorial team at the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. Our agency remains committed to working with the AG’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit to hold these criminals accountable.”
“We want to send a strong message to those involved in this horrific industry in our state — you will be stopped and held responsible for your criminal acts,” Carr said.