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Anchorage man sentenced to 35 years for sex trafficking minors, child pornography, and illegal possession of firearms

Anchorage man sentenced to 35 years for sex trafficking minors, child pornography, and illegal...
Anchorage man sentenced to 35 years for sex trafficking minors, child pornography, and illegal possession of firearms(KTVF)
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 11:10 AM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Senior U. S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline sentenced Tristan Jamal Grant to 35 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

Grant, aka “Goo”, age 35 from Anchorage, was charged with 5 counts of sex trafficking minors, 3 counts of production of child pornography, and 2 counts of being a felon in possession of firearms.

As Judge Beistline handed down the sentence, he noted the defendant’s complete lack of respect for the law as well as the absence of any remorse or empathy for the victims.

According to court documents, Tristan Jamal Grant conspired with another person to traffic 2 minor female children, ages 15 and 17, between October and December 2018. Online advertisements were created to market the minors. The minors were then trafficked to perform sex acts for money and engage in commercial sex acts. Grant produced child pornography with 1 of the minors on 2 separate occasions.

Grant was arrested by the Anchorage Police Department following a shooting on December 12, 2018. Grant was in possession of 2 weapons upon his arrest and was also a previous felon. Possession of weapons is illegal for a felon in the State of Alaska.

Grant was indicted by a federal grand jury. He escaped from custody during a court ordered release to meet with his attorney. Grant was captured and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for charges relating to his escape, following a bench trial in April 2021. He will serve these charges consecutively to the above charges.

“The sex trafficking of minors is a horrific crime, often wreaking terrible physical and emotional harm upon vulnerable victims,” said U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. of the District of Alaska. “The facts in this case reflect an unfathomable disregard for the welfare of the minors involved.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners will do everything in our power to bring to justice anyone who exploits children, and we will seek fitting punishments to deter this tragic crime and protect the most vulnerable members of our society.”

“Tristan Grant used violent, manipulative means to force minors into performing commercial sex acts, while at the same time producing CSAM online and terrorizing our communities with other egregious acts of violence,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Shawn Peters of the FBI Anchorage Field Office. “His conduct caused immeasurable harm to the survivors and to the community of Anchorage, and for that, he will now spend over 35 years in federal prison. The FBI is grateful for our collaborative partnerships across the state as we continue to combat violent crime and crimes against Alaska’s youth.”

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Anchorage Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, working together through the FBI’s Safe Streets/Crimes Against Children/Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force combines federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children through sex trafficking, as well as to identify and recover victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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