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Miguel Scott Arnold, 33, of Harrisburg, was sentenced Thursday to 25 years imprisonment for his role as the leader of a human trafficking operation, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Fifteen years are mandatory. Arnold was convicted on June 21, 2019, following a four-day jury trial.

He was convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion; sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana; and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Over 20 people, including juveniles, were part of his sex trafficking operation, authorities said. He, and his co-conspirators, forced them to participate through fraud, physical assault, deprivation to heroin to those addicted, and threats of violence.

Four co-defendants previously pleaded guilty to similar charges. Authorities said the sex trafficking operation began in 2015 and continued until August 2016. They rented hotel rooms and posted “escort” advertisements and photographs on www.backpage.com, a website that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has shut down.

While the women were coerced into prostitution, others were targeted to be part of the operation based on their age, financial insecurity, or if they had a drug addiction.

Three of the people used in the operation were reportedly minors; one as young as age 14.

In addition to Arnold, four others from Harrisburg were charged in the indictment:

  • Tevin Bynoe, age 27, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion on September 20, 2018, and is awaiting sentencing;
  • Terrence Hawkins, age 26, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion on September 20, 2018, and is awaiting sentencing;
  • Joshua Guity-Nunez, age 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion, and was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment on July 10, 2020; and
  • Emonie Murphy, age 23, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion on August 27, 2018, and was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment on September 3, 2020.

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