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The man who operated a prostitution ring in Taylor County will spend seven years in federal prison for his crimes.
Adulfo De Aquino Cancino, 28, was indicted in May in U.S. District Court on a multiple-count federal indictment.
According to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release, Cancino, an illegal alien who was living in Taylor County, allegedly sold children in Taylor, Green, Adair and Barren counties in a prostitution ring.
U.S. District Court records state that Cancino pleaded not guilty to the charges against him on May 31.
David J. Hale, United States attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, announced in a news release last week that Cancino has pleaded guilty to his crimes.
Cancino was charged with conspiracy to recruit, entice and transport juveniles to engage in commercial sex acts, two counts of aiding and abetting sexual trafficking of juveniles and attempting to persuade, entice and coerce a juvenile to engage in prostitution.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to financially benefit from a prostitution venture involving two minors younger than 18. The other charges were dismissed in exchange for his plea.
With his guilty plea, Cancino accepted a seven-year prison sentence along with five years to a life term of supervised release.
According to the plea, between August 2011 and January, Cancino recruited females, arranged clients to pay for sexual encounters with them, transported them and financially benefited from the transactions.
A Kentucky State Police Detective interviewed Cancino on Jan. 19. According to a news release, he said he knew several girls in Campbellsville who were prostitutes.
He told the detective that he would go to Campbellsville to get the prostitutes and then take them to different locations where they would perform sex acts with his friends for money. He said the prostitutes would then pay him for making the arrangements and driving them to the locations.
During the interview, according to the news release, Cancino identified the two juvenile prostitutes and said he knew what he was doing was illegal. KSP troopers arrested Cancino after the interview.
KSP, the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations investigated the crimes Cancino committed.
Cancino was indicted on the federal charges after first being charged by a Taylor County grand jury.
In March, Cancino was charged with two counts of the selling of a minor younger than 18 and first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor younger than 16 and another younger than 18. The charges were dismissed in June, however, after he was indicted in federal court.
If convicted on the local charges, he could have been sentenced to as much as 70 years in prison.
In the Taylor County case, Cancino was charged along with Kimberly Campbell, 20, of 1669 Gaddis Ridge Road in Campbellsville, who was charged with two counts of promoting the sale of someone younger than 18.
If convicted, Campbell could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison. Her case is set for a pretrial conference in Taylor Circuit Court on Feb. 19.
According to the Taylor County indictment, Campbell is accused of participating and financially benefiting from the prostitution ring.
If convicted by a jury, Cancino faced a minimum of 10 years and as much as life in prison, a $500,000 fine and lifetime supervised release.
Local court records list Cancino’s address as Greensburg Street in Columbia.