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San Diego man pleads guilty to sex trafficking of minors

Posted at 2:29 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 17:29:26-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A San Diego man has pleaded guilty to charges related to sex trafficking children and women for several years.

Monday morning, 29-year-old Jonathan Madison pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor, a charge that carries a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum life sentence, and requires Madison to register as a sex offender. He would also be under supervision if released.

According to the Office Of The United States Attorney Southern District Of California, Madison admitted to knowingly recruiting, advertising, and soliciting underaged girls and women to engage in commercial sex acts in California and Colorado from 2017 to 2020. He also admitted to videotaping himself having sex with a minor and sending that video to her cell phone.

Madison was arrested in April 2020 on sex trafficking charges and has since been in custody without bond.

Under his plea agreement, between November 2017 and September 2018, Madison admitted that he transported, provided, maintained, and obtained a minor female while she was 15 and 16 years old for the purpose of commercial sex acts in San Diego County. At this time, he knew the girl was under the age of 18.

He also admitted to posting online ads of the girl and transporting her to sex trafficking customers.

"This is a crime that affects young victims for the rest of their lives," said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer. "Our office will continue its collaborative work with our law enforcement partners to combat the abuse and exploitation of women and girls who are victims of sex trafficking."

Madison's sentencing hearing is set for May 3.