JOLIET, IL — Just five days after Joliet resident Kendall Guyton suffered a beating inside the Will County Jail that prosecutors say was administered by five fellow inmates, the 25-year-old Joliet man is facing federal charges of sex trafficking.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced that Guyton as well as 41-year-old Gregory Ingram of Richton Park have been indicted on federal sex trafficking charges for allegedly recruiting three victims, including a child, to engage in commercial sex acts by means of force, threats of force, fraud, and coercion.
According to federal prosecutors in Chicago, one of the victims was under 18 years old when Guyton and Ingram enticed her to engage in a commercial sex act for the defendants’ financial benefit. The sex trafficking occurred in 2017 and 2018, authorities said.
Ingram has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear for a federal detention hearing on Aug. 25 before U.S. District Judge Sara L. Ellis. Guyton is being held in the Will County Jail on an unrelated charge. His arraignment on the federal charge has not yet been scheduled.
Tuesday’s indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.
According to Tuesday’s news release, valuable assistance was provided by the Carol Stream Police Department, Lisle Police Department, Will County Sheriff’s Office, Joliet Police Department, and Richton Park Police Department. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Abigail Peluso and Christine M. O’Neill.