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BAY CITY, MI — A Saginaw man who prostituted underage girls has been sentenced to spend more than a decade behind bars.

U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington on Thursday, Oct. 17, sentenced 38-year-old Terry Johnson III to 150 months, or 12.5 years, in federal prison. Johnson’s prison term is to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Johnson in July pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of children, the same charge codefendant Javontea A. Banks, 25, pleaded guilty to in the spring. A third defendant, 24-year-old Salacia C. Tinsley, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States.

Defense attorney Jeffrey J. Rupp said Johnson has expressed regret and remorse for his crime. Johnson, several loved ones seated behind him in the courtroom’s gallery, echoed his attorney’s sentiments.

“I regret everything that happened,” he said. “It was something I was brought into. I didn’t go looking for it. If it could take it back, I would.”

He laid the blame for his crime on Tinsley. Judge Ludington said that when he sentenced Tinsley in September, she blamed others as well.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Rawsthorne read a statement written by one victim’s foster father.

“‘No matter what sentence you hand down, it’s not enough,’” Rawsthorne read, the letter going on to say the teen has for three years endured therapy, nightmares, anxiety, depression, and an inability to trust. “‘These predators have totally destroyed a life and have no remorse for it.’”

Speaking for himself, Rawsthorne said another victim had alleged Johnson took her across state lines for her to engage in sex acts with others and that he took half of her proceeds from such acts.

Judge Ludington added that Johnson has five felony and three misdemeanor convictions on his record.


When he pleaded guilty, Johnson admitted that from about June 30, 2016, through July 2 of the same year, he transported and maintained a 15-year-old girl and caused her to engage in commercial sex acts. The girl had been advertised on Backpage.com to solicit individuals to engage in sexual relations with her for money, authorities said.

Johnson used a hotel and a cellphone to facilitate the trafficking, making it interstate commerce, authorities said.

Johnson also admitted that from about Aug. 11, 2016, through Sept. 9, he transported a second underage girl across state lines with the intent to engage her in prostitution.

When codefendant Banks pleaded, he admitted to providing “security and protection” to a minor while she was being trafficked and that he took a portion of her proceeds. Tinsley similarly admitted involvement.

Ludington in August sentenced Banks to 11.25 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. In September, he sentenced Tinsley to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

The now-defunct Backpage.com was the subject of a 2017 feature-length documentary, entitled “I Am Jane Doe,” focusing on its use as a hotbed for sex trafficking. In 2018, federal authorities seized and shut down the page and indicted several people involved in its operation on prostitution and money laundering charges.

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