Author:Becky Jacobs

A federal jury found a Hammond man guilty Wednesday of sex trafficking of a minor among other charges, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana.

After a six-day trial, Ronnie C. Cosby, 42, was convicted on one count of sex trafficking of a minor, two counts of production of child pornography and two counts of transporting a minor for prostitution, the release states.

Between December 2014 and February 2015, Cosby forced two girls to engage in prostitution at his Hammond apartment, said the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Cosby met one of the victims, who was 14 at the time, on an online dating website and took sexually explicit images of her at his apartment, “which he then transmitted to prostitution customers and posted online,” the release states.

Cosby transported a second girl, then 15, across state lines to a Lansing, Ill., hotel “where he forced her to engage in prostitution” and “took sexually explicit images of the second victim and posted the images on a website advertising prostitution,” the release states.

At trial, Cosby faced two additional charges of sex trafficking by fraud and coercion and transportation of a minor for prostitution, court records show.

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