ATLANTA (AP) — Five gang members repeatedly raped four teenage girls, forced them to have sex for money at Atlanta-area hotels and beat one of the teens on an almost daily basis, federal authorities said.
The five men are part of a gang that called itself "Da M.O.B.," and their alleged victims were three 14-year-old girls and one 16-year-old, prosecutors said. The men are accused of raping the girls and forcing them to perform sex acts for money and, in one case, beating a girl daily.
Fabian Terran Murray, 25, also known as "Shooter", of Smyrna, and Joshua Thomas Hill, 24, also known as "Cash," of Atlanta, appeared in court Friday wearing bright orange prison clothes with their ankles chained. Richard Douglas King, 25, also known as "Ready," of Atlanta, was arraigned Sept. 7, and Clinton Saintvil, 24, of Miami, and Jonathan Christopher Branch, 21, of Atlanta, were arraigned Aug. 30.
All five men pleaded not guilty to the charges against them and remain in jail pending trial.
The charges are divided between two federal indictments, both handed down Aug. 28, based on the victims and alleged gang members involved. The five men are charged with conspiring to engage in sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking of minors. Murray and King are also charged with using a firearm during the commission of sex trafficking of a minor, and Hill is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
In one case, prosecutors said Hill, Murray and Saintvil met two 14-year-old girls in February and drove them to a convenience store to buy condoms before driving them to a hotel, where Hill and Murray raped them. The men then solicited clients on classified ads website Backpage.com and forced them to engage in prostitution at hotels in the metro Atlanta area.
Hill and Saintvil also trafficked a third 14-year-old, and Hill choked and beat her when she refused to engage in prostitution, prosecutors said.
The second indictment says Cobb County police and the FBI responded to a call in June from a 16-year-old girl who said she was being held against her will, prosecutors said. The girl told investigators she met Murray and King in May. A short time later, Branch began driving her to various motels where King and Murray forced her to perform sex acts for money. Murray beat her almost daily and, when she tried to escape, Murray raped her while King held her down, the girl told investigators. When she did escape, the men encountered her in an apartment complex parking lot and fired shots at her, prosecutors said.
If convicted of all the charges against them, all five men could face up to life in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.