A federal court judge recently sentenced a Galveston man to life in prison for leading an underage sex trafficking ring, U.S. attorney’s office officials announced.

The decision comes after a jury found Charles Devan Fulton, 40, guilty of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors and four counts of sex trafficking of minors, said Angela Dodge, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

Fulton operated the sex ring from June 2014 to April 2015, during which he posted pictures of underage girls in online prostitution acts and made the girls have sex with hundreds of men, Dodge said.

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday sentenced three other members of the conspiracy — Charmell Latonya Potts, Dominique Warner and Lawrence James Julian. Potts was sentenced to 111 months, a little more than nine years, in prison; Warner was sentenced to 110 months in prison; and Julian was sentenced to 55 months, Dodge said.

“Julian will serve three years of supervised release following the prison term, while Potts and Warner will serve five years,” Dodge said.

Fulton ordered Potts to post pictures of two minors in prostitution advertisements online, officials said. Warner, Julian and Potts drove the girls to hotels, where they engaged in commercial sex acts, officials said.

Witnesses testified Fulton had sex with the victims with knowledge they were minors and provided them with drugs, officials said.

The FBI and Galveston Police Department investigated with the assistance of the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com


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