Federal child sex trafficking indictments issued for Stockton man, woman previously arrested in Oregon


Lucious James Roy Jr., left, and Dawniel Lea Santangelo. |   

A federal grand jury in Sacramento issued a two-count indictment for a Stockton man and woman for child sex trafficking. .   

On Thursday, July 25, Stockton residents Lucious James Roy, 33, and Dawniel Santangelo, 41, with sex trafficking of a child. The indictment was unsealed on Friday, August 2. 

According to court documents, between September and November 2018, Roy recruited, enticed, transported, harbored, and maintained a minor victim, with the intent to engage in prostitution. During that same time period, Roy and Santangelo also recruited, enticed, transported, harbored, and maintained a second minor victim for the same purpose. 

Roy and Santangelo are currently in state custody in Oregon. In May, Roy and Santangelo were arrested by Medford, Oregon Police after they were found in a motel with one of their vicitms, a 15-year old from Modesto. 

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Stockton Police Department, San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office, Medford (Oregon) Police Department, and Jackson County Oregon District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cameron L. Desmond and Brian A. Fogerty are prosecuting the case.

If convicted of sex trafficking of a child, Roy and Santangelo face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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