January 22, 2020 3:15 a.m.
An Oregon man was sentenced on Tuesday to 149 months and 12 days in prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release for sex trafficking minors.
That announcement came from Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams of the District of Oregon.
23-year old Darryl Gartley pleaded guilty on August 12, 2019 to two counts of sex trafficking minors before U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon of the District of Oregon, who sentenced him and remanded him to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
According to facts admitted by the defendant during his guilty plea, in the beginning of October 2016, he moved from California to Portland. Shortly after coming to Oregon, the defendant met two 15-year old minor females. In or around December of 2016 through January of 2017, the defendant posted advertisements on Backpage and Craigslist, offering the minors to engage in sexual acts in exchange for money. The advertisements included pictures of the minors, both clothed and nude.
This is the defendant’s second conviction for sex trafficking minors. On May 22, 2017, he was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on a state conviction for sex trafficking minors in California.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. It was launched by the Department of Justice in May of 2006.