Hamilton man indicted on charges of sex trafficking, exploiting teen

Hamilton man indicted on charges of sex trafficking, exploiting teen
Malikai Willis is accused of sex trafficking and filming pornographic videos of an underage girl. (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office)

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging a Hamilton man with sexually trafficking and exploiting a child, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David DeVillers.

Malikai Willis, 24, trafficked a 16-year-old girl from September 2019-January 2020, according to the four-count indictment.

During that time, Willis allegedly made her perform sex for money.

The indictment also accuses Willis of creating child pornography for allegedly filming three sexually explicit videos of the girl in November 2019 and January 2020.

According to the Enquirer, Willis was arrested in January after police said he picked up an Anderson High School student for sex. He was charged in Hamilton County on importuning, violating a protection order and interference with custody.

Those Hamilton County charges were dismissed this month once Willis was indicted under federal jurisdiction, the Enquirer reports.

According to DeVillers, sex trafficking a minor is punishable by 10 years up to life in prison. Producing child pornography carries a potential prison sentence of 15 to 30 years.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the charges with FBI Cincinnati Division Special Agent in Charge Chris Hoffman, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters.

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